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Jeff Kolpack, Published May 14 2010

Former Bison men's basketball coach Marv Skaar dies at 82

FARGO - Marv Skaar, a former head men’s basketball coach at Minnesota State Moorhead and North Dakota State who ex-players say could light up a room when he walked in, died Thursday in Red Wing, Minn.

He was 82.

Skaar was the Bison head coach for six years from 1972-78 compiling a 93-69 record. His best season was 1973-74 when the Bison went 17-10 and qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional.

“He was a people person,” said former player Paul Shogren. “He was a player’s coach.”

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