BILLINGS — Longtime Glasgow boys basketball coach Norm Braaten announced his resignation on Monday.
At his exit/evaluation meeting on Friday, Braaten said he was informed Glasgow Public Schools policy was to attempt to fill the head coach positions with teachers in the district. Braaten, 61, was a teacher for 35 years, including 30 at Nashua, and retired from teaching in 2016. He was the boys basketball coach for 11 years at Glasgow.
Braaten told 406mtsports.com that over the weekend he made up his decision to resign the position rather than reapply. Braaten wrote a letter he posted on Facebook informing his friends of his decision. With Braaten’s permission, the letter was later posted on the KLTZ/MIX-93 website.
In his letter, Braaten wrote he's disappointed but understanding of the decision, and gracious for the opportunity to coach at Glasgow.
Braaten, a Glasgow native who played basketball for the Scotties, said at some point he might coach again. Overall, Braaten coached boys basketball for 32 years, spending his first five years in North Dakota and then coaching 16 years at Nashua. He also coached girls basketball for five years in Riverdale, North Dakota, and three years in Nashua.
“I loved the coaching,” he told 406mtsports.com. “To be honest, if something else arises, I might take a look at doing it. I just love working with the kids, coaching and stuff. Who knows? This is an opportunity for someone else to step in at Glasgow. They have good kids coming back. It’s fine and part of life.”
Braaten said his teams were 134-125 at Glasgow, and the Scotties advanced to the State B tournament in 2014. Braaten’s Nashua boys team went to the State C tournament in 1991. His career record is 428-429 (380-330 as the boys coach, 48-99 on the girls side).
"I'm one under," he said with a laugh.
This year’s Scotties team advanced to the Northern B divisional and went 0-2, finishing 6-17 overall.
“There is 10 of 12 kids coming back next year. The record sounds deceiving, but we played really well at the end and they should do well next year,” Braaten said.