Monday, October 13, 2008

Profile: Justin Hegna

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PROFILE: Justin Hegna
Today we continue with the profile feature of coaches in the lead up to the start of the 2008-09 season. This week it is Justin Hegna's turn. Hegna coached Becker to the AAA championship in 2007. He retired after last season and is one of the owners of the Breakdown publications. The 2008-09 girls basketball edition will be out soon.

your birthday-July 20th

schooling: Ed Degree Northern State University (1996)

mentor coaches-Tim Zimmerman; Mike Dreier: When I first began coaching I studied his program from the youth up. I always thought New London-Spicer had one of the best united programs from top to bottom. I really wanted to have the Becker Basketball program be like NL-S

basketball coaching jobs-Boys Assistant Coach at Becker (2 years) Becker Girls Head Coach for 8 years

Favorite basketball movie-Hoosiers

Favorite basketball instructional video/tape-Don Meyer's (All of them)

Favorite book-John Wooden Bio

Favorite high school gymnasium-Aberdeen Central Civic Arena (SD)

favorite team growing up-Georgia Tech YellowJackets Mens Team with Mark Price

Meal before a game-None

starting five from your high school career-
Jenna Kruchten (2005)
Whitney Latham (2004)
Brianna Mastey (2008)
Jessie Althoff (2009)
Kady Steele (2001)

opponents starting five from your high school career
Rachel Jobes (STMA)
Casey Mann (Rogers)
Tayler Hill (Minneapolis South)
Kamille Whalin (Crookston)
Kiara Buford (St. Paul Central)

favorite opponent-Rogers and Sartell

coach you would like to avoid playing-Lamar Detert(Friend and great coach) and Myron Glass (Best strategist in BB)

trend you like in high school basketball-Girls looking to score and create more

trend that needs fixing in basketball-Understanding game situations. Too many times players don't make the adjustments once game has started.

most memorable game you coached-State Championship game vs. DeLaSalle

most painful loss-At STMA in 2006 during Miss 8 Conference game

If you could go to a college to assist which one: Bo Ryan

favorite athlete in another sport: Brett Favre

favorite coach: Bo Ryan

biggest change in basketball since you started coaching: Level of dedicated coaches. We have had many, many coaches who are devoting time all year round which is creating more competition, better players, and better programs!

Favorite value in others: Consistency in what you believe is right and sticking to it regardless of what others say. Developing a philosophy that suits you.

Thanks Coach Hegna.

There will be another Profile out on Wednesday and more to follow in the coming weeks.

Next up: tomorrow or when news breaks.