Four to be inducted into Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of FamePublished by on
The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association has named four men who will be
inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame this November.
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 achievements and service.
The 2013 inductees are:
Laurin Carroll – Luverne
Vern Johnson– Grygla-Gatzke
Ken Novak Jr. – Hopkins
Bob Vaughan – Braham
The induction ceremonies will be held at the MBCA Hall of Fame Luncheon on Saturday,
November 2, 2:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.
Laurin Carroll’s head basketball coaching career began in 1961 at Dell Rapids, SD. He spent eleven years coaching in Dell Rapids leading his teams to five District and two Regional titles culminating with 3rd and 4th place State Tournaments finishes. Laurin became the head hoops coach at Luverne in 1972 and led the Cardinals program until his retirement in 1990. During the first 11 years of his tenure at Luverne. Coach Carroll’s Cardinals won two Southwest Conference titles and appeared in nine District 8 Championship tilts resulting in seven District 8 titles. His 1983 Cardinals won the Region 2 championship and finished as Class A State Runner-Up. Laurin was selected as District 8 Coach of the Year five times and earned Region Coach of the Year honors in 1983. He served as a MBCA Section Representative and coached the Outstate Team in the 1986 All Star Series. In addition to coaching basketball, he also served as the head track coach and assistant football coach at Dell Rapids and Luverne. Coach Carroll retired from coaching with an overall record of 429-235 as a varsity boys basketball coach.
Vern Johnson spent the first three years of his coaching career as an assistant coach at
Erskine. He accepted the position as Head Basketball Coach at Grygla-Gatzke H.S. in 1980-a
position he held for 33 seasons until his retirement at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.
Coach Johnson led his Eagles squads to eight Conference titles and Section 8A runner-up
finishes in 1995, 2006, and 2012. Vern earned Section 8 Coach of the Year honors five times
and was named 2012-13 Minnesota Class A Coach of the Year. In addition to coaching boys
basketball he was a member of the football staff for 14 years, helping lead the Eagles to two
State Tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish, and three conference crowns. Vern also served 22 years as the Athletic Director at Grygla-Gatzke. Johnson is retiring from
coaching with an overall record of 456-321 as a varsity boys basketball coach.
Ken Novak Jr. just completed the 31st season of a coaching career that began at Blaine
H.S. in 1979. After serving as an assistant coach for 3 seasons, Ken assumed the reins of the
Bengals program and during the next 7 seasons led them to three Conference and two Section
Championships with his 1987 State Tournament entrants finishing as State runner-ups. In 1990, he accepted the head coaching position at Hopkins H.S. In 24 seasons, Coach Novak has guided Royals teams to 20 Lake Conference titles, double digit Section titles, and six State
Championships including three consecutive; 2009, 2010, and 2011. In addition to leading his
squads to State honors, several of his Hopkins teams have also been highly ranked on the
national level. Ken’s coaching achievements earned him recognition from his peers as the
recipient of multiple Section Coach of the Year awards and honors as the State Class AAAA
Coach of the Year. Coach Novak was recognized as 2011 ESPN National Coach of the Year
after the Royals completed their State Tournament “3-Peat.” Coach Novak is a member of the
“700 Win Club” and enters the 2013-14 season ranking fourth on the Minnesota Basketball
Coaches all-time win list with an overall mark of 711-130; an 84.5% winning percentage.
Bob Vaughan has coached basketball at Braham for 32 years, 27 as the head basketball
coach. During his tenure at Braham, Coach Vaughan has guided his hoops squads to numerous
Great River Conference titles, including the last ten consecutive, and seven Section
championships. His 2004, 2005, and 2006 Bomber squads culminated their seasons by earning
“3-Peat” Minnesota Class AA State championships. Bomber teams under his tutelage have won 78% of their games. Bob’s coaching achievements have earned him recognition from his peers as he has been the recipient of numerous Conference and Section Coach of the Year awards as well as Minnesota AA State Coach of the Year honors. His service to the game also includes coaching in the MBCA All Star Series. Coach Vaughan is a member of the 500 win club
compiling an overall record of 583-164 entering the 2013-14 campaign. He ranks 9th on the alltime win list for Minnesota High School basketball coaches. In addition to his basketball
coaching duties, he also served as the head softball coach and an assistant football coach at