Rund selected to Coaches Hall of Fame [UPDATED]Published 11:00am Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Updated 9:12am Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Dave Rund has always been a hard working and dedicated coach. In his 24 years as a head coach, he has helped turn around two girls basketball programs and has gone on to be a successful boys basketball coach.
Last week, the Minnesota Coaches Association decided to reward that dedication as they selected Rund to the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
“When Pat Barrett called I actually thought it was one of my buddies playing a practical joke,” Rund said. “As he continued to talk I recognized his voice and that’s when I got a little emotional.”
Rund started his coaching career as a junior varsity boys coach at Glyndon-Felton, while he was attending college at Concordia College in Moorhead.
In 1989, Rund landed a job as a third grade teacher at Pelican Rapids Elementary. Looking to continue coaching at his new school, Rund had talked with then head boys basketball coach Rex Haugen about volunteering for the boys team. But fate would intervene with a simple phone call.
“After the first month of the school year, the superintendent called me into his office and offered the head girls coaching position. I accepted the position and kept very busy that first year establishing my classroom and also investing time in the gym.”
Taking over a basketball program that had seen several coaches in recent years, Rund found he had a hard working group of girls, but they lacked a strong basketball I.Q. The first few seasons were a struggle, but by 1992, Rund led the Viking girls to their first District 23 title and was named Section 6A coach of the year.
Under Rund the Viking girls were able to establish themselves as a competitor in the area. In 1995, Rund was honored as the District 23 coach of the year.
With several successful seasons in Pelican Rapids, Rund would make a career decision as he took a job as a teacher in Fergus Falls and became the new head girls coach in 1998. The Vikings would find success that season under Doug Bruggeman, Rund’s close friend, as they made their first ever State Class A tournament appearance.
Rund brought over the same enthusiasm and hard work ethic that he had as a coach in Pelican Rapids. In the 2001-02 season, the Otters were the topped ranked team in Section 8AAA and the coach’s peer recognized him as the section’s coach of the year.
Rund’s Otters made their best runs from 2005-08 as they played in three section title games and finally made it over the hump in the 2007-08 season for their first Class AAA state tournament berth. That season, Rund was named the section and Class AAA coach of the year.
Rund would make another change in 2009 as he stepped into the role of head boys basketball coach at Fergus Falls. Rund’s success has transferred over to the boys game as well as the Otter boys have played in the section title game the last two seasons.
This season, Rund hit a milestone as he won his 300th career game as a head coach.
His passion for basketball doesn’t end on the court as he has been a section representative for several years. This allows Rund to help encourage the development of high school basketball in the state.
For Rund the award means more than just a reward for his accomplishments, but as a humbling experience and a way to recognize your help along the way.
“What a humbling award. Anytime you receive an award voted on by your peers its quite a honor. Awards like this are a reflection of hard work and dedication by your coaching staff and players,” added Rund.
Rund contributes his success as a coach to so many people including his high school coach Jim Hann, Haugen, Bruggeman and former Fergus Falls boys basketball coach and current athletic director Gary Schuler.
The coach has also had great family support from his wife and two sons.
“My wife, Tindy, of 23 years has been with me watching film, planning banquets, and offering her “advice” to what we should do. It is an added bonus to have our boys, Austin and Nathan, come through the program so all four of us can enjoy the sport together and the memories that are created.”
The 2013 induction ceremony will be held at St. Thomas University Friday, April 26 at 4 p.m.