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Mund resigns as basketball coach

Lynette Mund resigned her position as West Fargo girls' basketball coach last week and plans to marry and move to the Bismarck area later this year.

"I'm getting married, and my fiancé lives in Bismarck. Rather than commute, we figured we'd probably live in the same town, especially with gas going to four dollars a gallon," Mund joked.

The Packer head coach since 2002, Mund, of Milnor, N.D., was a three-time national champion as a player at NDSU in the mid 1990s before coaching West Fargo's sophomore team in 1995. She was an assistant coach at North Dakota State College of Science and a high school assistant in St. Louis, Mo before coming back to West Fargo. Mund, a high school English teacher, said she is unsure if she will get back into coaching right away.

"That's something I'm looking at now," she said. "I may take some time off - it depends on which situation comes up...if that's not in the plans, that'll be okay. We'll see what happens."

Mund was named EDC coach of the year in 2006 when she led the Packers to the EDC regular season title with all-conference players Andrea Hummel, Mary-Michael Vance and Ali Edwards, who was also named all-state. West Fargo went 19-6 that year and took fifth at the state tournament.

West Fargo did not qualify for the state tournament the last two seasons and finished this year with a 6-15 overall record. This season's team was the first West Fargo squad Mund coached without Vance, a rare five-year varsity player. It was also the first team under Mund not to have at least one player named all-conference. The Packers made the state tournament three times in Mund's six years in charge.

Mund said she'll miss coaching at West Fargo and leaves with many fond memories.

"I'll miss watching all the girls grow, especially the seniors that will graduate this year. They were in the seventh grade when I got here," said Mund. "To see them grow and mature, plus making it to the state tournament, winning the EDC championship and all those fun things..."

Junior Jessie Gust, a varsity starter this season, said Mund's lessons extended far beyond the basketball court.

"Not only was she a coach to us, but she coached us a lot in life and taught us life lessons and how to be strong females," said Gust.

Junior center Alyssa Hummel said Mund will be missed. Mund coached Alyssa's older sister Andrea, and Alyssa has known Mund since her arrival at West Fargo. Alyssa and Gust both plan to play next year for the new coach.

"She's meant a lot to us," said Alyssa Hummel. "She was strict when she needed to be and fun when she wanted to make a drill fun or something. If she knew we needed to get pumped up, then she could get us pumped up. I'm sad to see her go."

West Fargo High activities director Curt Jones will lead the search for a new coach.