Sept. 11, 2006

Wayne Hasz named to basketball coaches hall of fame

The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) recently named Wayne Hasz of Lester Prairie, as one of five men who will be inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame Sunday Oct. 29 during the MBCA Hall of Fame banquet at the Double Tree Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park.

The purpose of the MBCA Hall of Fame is to give special recognition to the people of Minnesota who have made significant contributions to promote high school basketball in the state via their accomplishments and service.

Hasz was the head basketball coach at Lester Prairie High School from 1968 to 1996. Prior to becoming the leader of the Bulldogs, Hasz coached at Lancaster High School for four years, and Twin Valley High School for two years.

Coach Hasz earned District Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1991, and was recognized as District Athletic Director of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

He is a member of the 400 Win Club, and compiled an overall record of 409-282 in his 34 years as a head coach. Hasz was an active member of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association (MSHSCA) and MBCA.

In addition to his basketball coaching duties, Hasz also served as an athletic director, and coached cross country, baseball, and football at various times during his career.

Coach Hasz retired from teaching in 1996, but continued to coach in the Lester Prairie junior high program.

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