Miller, Former Kernels Return to Honor Munsen

Mike Miller gives a lot of the credit for the success he's had, which included 17-seasons in the NBA, to high high school coach Gary Munsen.

"He meant everything. He expected a lot from you, and he believed in you. He set a foundation for a lot of his players to have success." said Miller.

Miller was one of many former Kernels who came home to honor their late coach, who died from a heart attack two years ago at the age of 72.
Munsen coached in Mitchell for 39-years, winning a combined 12 boys and girls state championships.

"Coach was all business on the court, but was fun away from it in the summers when we had our workouts. He could be gruff, everyone knew that. But he wanted you to be your best." said former player Bart Friedrick.
"Growing up you wanted to wear that uniform, that's what I wanted as a kid to play for him." said Miller.

The Mike Miller Foundation has requested that stickers be placed on the Corn Palace floor so it will forever be called "Gary Munsen Court". That isn't a done deal yet however. The Mitchell City Council will vote on it on February.

"I think it should be there. I know there are different opinions. But I think you should celebrate success, there's nothing wrong with that." says Miller.
"It would mean a lot to him and his family and I hope it happens." says Friedrick.