After six seasons with the Majettes, Minot girls basketball coach Todd Magnuson is stepping away from the game.
Magnuson had a heart attack in January causing him to miss a couple of weeks. What happened after that will be remembered for a long time by this team. The Majettes knocked off the number one and two teams in the state on their way to a 2nd place finish in the state tournament. It was a great way to go out for the head man.
"I'm going to miss the kids. I'm going to miss the players that I have coming up. Some great kids coming up in the program. The next coach will not have a bare cupboard. I'm going to miss my coaches, I'm going to miss all the friends that I've made, all the coaches I've met throughout the WDA and the EDC. All those coaches, all those friendships I've made," Magnuson says.
The pinnacle of the Minot girls season was reaching the state championship game. That same night, is when coach Magnuson made his decision to retire.
"The incident that really got to me was championship night. There was an incident I had during the boys championship game where I had some tightening in my chest. I had to go get checked by the trainers. Dr. Mattern came down and talked to me. My blood pressure was a little on the high side. That was like my wife said: maybe somebody's looking down on me and giving me a sign saying 'you've had a great season, maybe it's time to leave on a good note' so that was what I decided. That was my decision maker right there," says Magnuson
Coach Magnuson is planning to still teach math at Jim Hill Middle School. He would also like to still be involved in the sport somehow whether it be working the scoreboard, announcing, or maybe even refereeing freshman level games.