National Hall of Fame to Induct Rob Van Laecken

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Mitchell Daily Republic

Legendary South Dakota high school basketball coach Rob Van Laecken will be inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame this week.

Laecken is the winningest high school girls’ basketball coach in South Dakota history with a total of 595 total wins.

He spent 37-seasons with Parkston, leading them to 34 winning seasons, which included ten state tournament appearances.

In 2012, Laecken's last trip with Parkston to the state tournament, the Trojans finished second - falling to St. Thomas More 70-51 in the Class A State Championship game.

2nd Place - Parkston.jpg2012 2nd Place - Parkston

 

Laeken retired from coaching in 2014, but is still renowned as one of the best basketball minds the Mt. Rushmore state has ever seen.

He’ll be inducted into the National Coaches Hall of Fame on Tuesday at a luncheon in Sioux Falls.

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