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I thought to post this since many trads have found him to be very helpful over the years, there seems to be almost nothing online from Fr Kenneth Novak except a short clip meeting President Trump (more from his brother Fr Lawrence Novak), he is one of the senior priests of the US district, he is greatly responsible for before transforming the.

Whenever people talk about boys basketball at Hopkins High School, specifically the coaching staff, there are some shortcuts in the terminology. There is Junior and there is Senior. There is Kenny and there is Ken.

Ken Novak Jr. (Kenny or Junior) has been the Royals head coach since 1990, and Ken Novak Sr. (Ken or Senior) until this season was a member of his son’s coaching staff for as long as anyone can remember. Junior played at Hopkins Lindbergh when Senior was the coach there, including a state tournament team in 1974 when Junior was a senior.

Ken Jr. is on the cusp of becoming only the third boys basketball coach in Minnesota history to win 900 games. He will take 899 career victories into a Tuesday night game at Chaska. His father won’t be there, which is a heartbreaking fact.

Father Kenneth Novak

Ken Novak Sr.’s health has been in decline and he and his wife Joanie are residents of an assisted living center. Ken will be 92 years old on March 26.

A 1978 graduate of Augsburg College, Ken Novak Jr.’s first head coaching job was at Blaine High School. His father has been one of his assistant coaches ever since.

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“We’ve been together a long time,” Ken Jr. said. “I played for him, I came over to Blaine and very quickly he became my assistant there. And ever since that time we’ve been doing it together. He’s very responsible for what we’ve done.”

Novak Sr. was head coach of the Hopkins sophomore team for years, working with the kids on fundamentals so they would be prepared for varsity action. That type of structure and preparation has helped make Novak Jr. the winningest active coach in Minnesota.

The career leader is Chisholm’s Bob McDonald (who retired in 2014 and died in 2020) with 1,012 victories. Rocori’s Bob Brink retired in 2012 with 936 wins. Novak is third with 899 and Dave Galovich of Crosby-Ironton (Ken Novak Sr.’s alma mater) is fourth with 747 career wins. The career leader among girls basketball coaches is New London-Spicer’s Mike Dreier with 967 wins.

McDonald coached until he was 81 and Brink retired at age 74. Novak is 64 and has no plans to step down; he has retired from teaching social studies at Hopkins.

“I’ve said for years I’m going to do this for as long as I enjoy it,” he said. “And I do really enjoy it. I’m in my heaven when we’re at practice and there’s no one else in the gym.”

That’s where all the success Hopkins has enjoyed is built; the Royals’ practices are orderly and precise with no wasted time. The results are impressive:

--A state-record 28 consecutive seasons with 20-plus wins (1993-2020). Next is 22 winnings seasons in a row by Tartan coach Mark Klingsporn (1999-2020).

--Novak ranks second in state championships with eight. The leader is DeLaSalle’s Dave Thorson with nine; Thorson is now an assistant coach at Colorado State.

--Novak is No. 1 in state tournament appearances with 18, followed by former Rushford-Peterson coach Tom Vix with 16 and Thorson with 15.

--Novak’s state tournament record is 39-10 since he took Blaine to state in 1987.

Hopkins won big-school state championships in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2019. The Royals take a 4-1 record into Tuesday’s game at Chaska, which is 5-0.

Dale Stahl, who has been one of Novak’s assistant coaches since 1996, said winning isn’t what drives Kenny.

“He’s not concerned about the record. I think what has made our team so consistent is that he approaches every practice and every minute with the players as an opportunity to pursue excellence. He instills that, it’s kind of his personal drive. He’s always pushing himself to be excellent, instilling that in the kids, and never letting things proceed if isn’t excellent. People would be surprised if they went to our practices at how few different things we do. If we’re working on something and it’s not excellent, we keep working until it is.

“He’s a great teacher. One of his favorite sayings is it doesn’t matter how much about basketball he knows, it’s how much the players know. He’s really good at teaching, not only how but why. With everything we do, he really goes out of his way to explain why we’re doing it and what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Novak Jr.’s playing career was derailed by a knee injury in his freshman year at Ausgburg. It was a torn ACL, which he said, “back then in the ‘70s it was kind of a death sentence.”

He tried to play as a sophomore and re-injured the knee. Augsburg coach Erv Inniger gave him the opportunity to work as a student assistant coach, and a career was born. He also held odd jobs while working as a young coach; he cleaned a movie theater after games and owned a painting business. But coaching and teaching was always where he was happiest.

“We try to teach our kids to be coaches, we want them to coach each other,” he said. “The teaching element is really strong.

“Life’s kind of a puzzle and you try to put it together. Everybody thinks it’s all about winning and losing. Our kids know that we don’t care about winning and losing, we want to take care of the process and the results will take care of themselves.”

Novak Jr. also coached girls and boys tennis at Hopkins for years, including his own children.

“I think he’s one of those guys who could coach just about any sport,” said Dan Johnson, who has been the Hopkins activities director since 1999.

Novak was inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019. He’s not concerned at all with reaching 900 wins, saying, “I’d rather just kind of have it go away. We don’t want to start focusing on something that just isn’t significant. This is what I preach to our players, you don’t want to focus on some things.”

Instead, Novak and his players remain focused on what they can do to improve; the next game, the next challenge.

“Every game, you think, ‘What do we need to do?’ That’s the fun part of it,” he said. “We try to take care of what we can control.”

--To see a comprehensive list of state basketball records, click here:http://www.info-link.net/~mattnet/

--MSHSL media specialist John Millea has been the leading voice of Minnesota high school activities for decades. Follow him on Twitter @MSHSLjohn and listen to 'Preps Today with John Millea” wherever you get podcasts. Contact John at [email protected]

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“I’ve said for years I’m going to do this for as long as I enjoy it. And I do really enjoy it. I’m in my heaven when we’re at practice and there’s no one else in the gym.”
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Date: Sunday, 3 January 2010, at 4:56 p.m.


LILLINGTON -Maggie Bell McLean, 86, of 616 Moores Chapel Road, died Monday (8/16/04) at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.
Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Oak Grove AME Zion Church in Erwin by Pastor Anthony Davis and Dr. A.L. Ferguson. Burial will follow in Riverside Community Cemetery.
Surviving are daughters, Elizabeth A. McNeill at home, and Dorothy M. Witten of Woodbridge, Va.; sons, William D. McLean and wife Juanita of Seymour, Conn., and Jimmy L. McLean and wife Andrea of Lillington; brothers, David McNeill and wife Lois of Erwin and Alfred McNeill and wife Betty Jean, all of Greensboro; sisters, Mary Ruth Rainey of Seattle, Wash., and Alice Blue of Dunn, 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Dafford Funeral Home Chapel in Dunn.

SANFORD - Funeral for Billy Thurn 'Gator' Gladden Jr., 53, of 2982 Pickard Road, who died Sunday (8/15/04), was held Thursday at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home by the Rev. Roger Thomas and the Rev. Garland Foushee. Burial followed in Ephesus Baptist Church cemetery.
Soloist was Teresa Baker. Recorded music was played.
Pallbearers were Jeff Barnett, Wayne Bowen, Timothy Chase, Steven Cox, Marvin Hart and Michael Johnson.
Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

SANFORD - Dwynne Reginald Cole, 51, of 1716 Carr Creek Drive, died Monday (8/16/04) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tempting Congregational Church by the Rev. P.L. Hawes. Burial will follow in Lee Memory Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Ella Cole; a daughter, April Cole of Sanford; a son, Reginald Cole and wife Covonnada of Sanford; a stepson, James Emerson; and seven grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 1716 Carr Creek Drive.
Arrangements are by Watson Mortuary.

SANFORD - Ethel Lee McCoy, 86, of 1115 Carthage St., died Tuesday (8/17/04) at Convalescent Center of Lee County.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of God, Broadway, by Pastor Melvin Hayden and the Rev. Donnie Pratt. Burial will follow in the Church of God Cemetery, Olivia.
Surviving are a daughter, Earnestine Swann of Sanford; sisters, Dessie Murchison of Olivia, Cassie Gaston and husband Charles and Marie Bell and husband Ollie; a brother, Theodore Cameron of Springfield, Mass.; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the home of Dessie Murchison, 215 J.D. Murchison Lane.
Arrangements are by Watson Mortuary.

CAMERON - Alice Faye WhiteClark, 65, of 192 J.R. Mackey Lane, died Thursday (8/19/04) at Good Hope Hospital, Erwin.
Arrangements are pending at Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.

SANFORD - Lula Mae McDougald, 84, of Pinehurst, died Thursday (8/19/04) at Pinehurst Health and Rehabilitation Center, Pinehurst.
Arrangements are pending at Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.

SANFORD - Sarah Aydelotte Calihan, 88, of Carolina Trace died Wednesday (8/18/04) at Duke Hospital in Durham.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she was the librarian. She was a 20-year volunteer at Central Carolina Hospital and volunteered with the Blood Drive. She was a member of the Carolina Trace Country Club. She was an avid gardener, past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star and Mother Adviser of the Rainbow Girls. She was a graduate of Otterbein College and Miami University. She taught in the Greenville, Ohio, and Dayton, Ohio, public school systems from 1938 to 1975 and was named Teacher of the Year. She was very active at Fairview UMC in Dayton while she was there.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. Carl Rush.
She is survived by as son, Dr. David S. Calihan of Farmville, Va., and two grandchildren, Heather Lee Calihan of Greensboro and Sean David Calihan of Farmville, Va.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the home, 192 Traceway.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the First Presbyterian Building Fund or the Library Fund, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford, N.C. 27330.
Arrangements are by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.

SANFORD - Shirley J. Cameron, 68, of Sanford died Wednesday (10/6/04) at Central Carolina Hospital.
Born in Lee County, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Woodrow R. Bennett; her mother, Mildred Berryman Bennett; and her father, Willie Eugene Ingram.
Requiem mass will be held at 10 a.m. today at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home by Father Kenneth Novak. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Olivia Presbyterian Church by the Rev. George Walton and the Rev. Sandy Williams. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving are a son, Gary Cameron and wife Tammie of Olivia; daughters Terri Cameron Hornfeck of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Diana Ellis and husband Chuck of Tramway and Joan Schwendeman and husband Greg of Apex; sisters Dot Shaner of Pittsboro and Sandy Gaskins of Raleigh; and seven grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

BEAR CREEK - Nathaniel Goldston, 46, of 865 May's Chapel Road died Tuesday (10/5/04) at his residence.
Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Taylor's Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving are his mother, Mary Elizabeth Goldston of the home; a son, Nathaniel Brim of the home; a daughter, Amissa Farris of Raleigh; stepsons Jamarl J. Alford and Harry Paulk, both of New York; a stepdaughter Regina Radcliff of New York; sisters Annie Brim, Elizabeth Headen, Enda Louise Goldston, Carolyn Brim, all of Bear Creek, and Mary L. Brower of Pittsboro; brothers Johnny Lee and Raymond Sr., both of Bear Creek and Robert Goldston Sr. of Pittsboro; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no wake.
Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home of Pittsboro.

ABERDEEN - Montez McAllister, 73, of Aberdeen died Monday (10/4/04) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.
Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Full Gospel Holiness Church, Aberdeen, by Overseer Angeline Sumpter. Burial will follow in the Berkley Cemetery.
Surviving are a son, Larry McAllister and wife Angela of Southern Pines; daughters Rona McAllister and husband Chester of Southern Pines, Jennifer Thomas and husband Odell of Pinebluff and Kelly Johnson of Aberdeen; brothers Fred McAllister of Southern Pines and Alex McAllister and wife Agnes and Johnny McAllister and wife Diane, all of Aberdeen; sisters Rosezine Hill of Aberdeen and Mary Ray of Pinebluff; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Pugh Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

GODWIN - Joan Gates Upchurch, 56, of Godwin died Wednesday (10/6/04).
She was a daughter of the late Bernice Gates.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at O'Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home by the Rev. Edward Allen and the Rev. Thomas Willoughby. Burial will follow in Harnett Memorial Park.
Surviving are her husband, Elbridge Ray Upchurch; a daughter, Regina Upchurch of Falcon; a son, Kenneth Ray Upchurch and wife Lisa of Falcon; her mother, Johnsie Kelly of Sanford; a brother, Bernell Gates and wife Bonnie of Sanford; sisters Helen Eadie and husband Barry of Sanford and Kaye Gates of Smithfield, Va.; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at O'Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home and at other times at her residence.

LILLINGTON - Ida McDonald Dean Wallace, 95, of Lillington died Tuesday (10/5/04) at Brookfield Retirement Center in Lillington.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest L. Dean, and her second husband, J.M. Wallace; two sons, Ray Dean and Cecil Dean; and a grandson.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at Ephesus Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Bertrand Pitchford and the Rev. Wayne Schlink. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving are sons T.L. Dean and wife Stacy, Lexie Dean and James Dean and wife Pat, all of Lillington; stepsons Norman, Richard and Weldon Wallace; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at her residence.
Memorial gifts may be made to Ephesus Presbyterian Church, 530 Peach Farm Road, Lillington, N.C. 27546.

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