It's a proud day at the MYAS as we congratulate one of our own, Rich Penick, for his recent induction into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association HALL OF HONOR!
The MBCA Hall of Honor has been established to honor those persons who have helped to improve/promote/ and or serve basketball in Minnesota. Honorees have been longtime supporters of their local teams or have given outstanding service to the game of basketball. Awards are given in four categories: Officials, Media, Coach - Head/Assistant, and Friend of Basketball. To be eligible for the Hall of Honor, a person must have been involved with basketball for at least 20 years. That person must be nominated by a MBCA member, the MBCA Executive Board, or the MBCA Hall of Fame committee.
L-to-R - Wes Knutson, Frankie Bly, Dick Milinkovich, Frank White (accepting for Steve Winfield), Rich Penick, Bruce Strand
MYAS Associate Director of Basketball
The following individuals will be inducted as the members of the MBCA Hall of Honor in 2017:
- Rich Penick, Friend of Basketball – Associate Director of Basketball for the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services – Over the last 22 years, Rich has directed the comprehensive MYAS basketball program. The growth in basketball participation in Minnesota is reflected by the MYAS Grade Basketball State Championships for 3rd -9th grade traveling teams. The first-ever event, held in 1991, had 23 teams; in Rich’s first year at the MYAS there were 350 teams; and 2017 saw a record 1,510 boys’ and girls’ teams participating for a state title. Since its inception in 1991, the MYAS has also worked tirelessly with the MBCA to support Minnesota’s unique “community-based” winter basketball program.
- Wes Knutson, Official/Coach/Administrator: MSHSL official (46 yrs); has officiated the following high school sports: basketball (46 years), football (43 yrs), volleyball (29yrs); baseball (16 yrs}. Coached and officiated youth basketball (9 yrs), head coach of volleyball (9 yrs), assistant track coach (29 yrs); has officiated State Tournaments in three sports; served as secretary and assigner for the Crookston Officials Association (11yrs) for volleyball, basketball, and football. Amateur softball umpire (46 yrs); has officiated at all levels of softball including National Tournaments; served as secretary, assigner, and umpire-in-chief for the Crookston Umpires Association (10yrs); still active in all sports except baseball.
- Dick Milinkovich, Coach – Started his career teaching and assisting in football at New Prague 1971. First head basketball coaching position was at Milroy. Moved to Arlington-Green Isle as Head Basketball Coach where he served until it became Sibley East- Region 4 coach of the year in 1984. Assisted at Sibley East until taking the Head Basketball job at Montgomery-Lonsdale. Served as an Assistant at Belle Plaine where he was part of two state tournament squads. Served as volunteer coach at Sibley East and currently serves in same capacity at Tri City United. Served as District 14 Representative to the MSHSCA.
- Frankie Bly, Friend of Basketball –Has kept the scorebook for boys’ varsity games for 50 years (three in Lamberton and 47 in Blue Earth) and girls’ basketball scorebook for just over 40 years. Also started and ran the Blue Earth boys’ traveling program for 12 years. He has spent the past 18 years as the school board chairman for Blue Earth Area Schools.
- Bruce Strand, Media – has covered high school basketball with the Minnesota Basketball News for over 25 years. His duties there include providing the weekly state boys rankings distributed by the AP. He has covered all sports while serving newspapers in New London, Willmar, Faribault, Elk River and White Bear Lake over the years. For 20 years at Willmar, he was also the keeper of the 1,000-point club, which is now stewarded by the MN BB News.
- Steve Winfield, Official – officiating basketball career spans over 40 years - boys and girls youth recreation as well as high school and collegiate divisions for men and women. Participated in approximately 20 state high school league tournaments for boys and girls; including working the championship games of almost all divisions for both boys and girls. Divisions II and III men and women's basketball as well as working post season and regional playoffs including the Women's NAIA Final Four four times. Steve continues to officiate high school boys and girls games and is a trainer for officials in the St. Paul Parks and Recreation programs.