Karl Momrik fully dedicates himself to basketball, always looking for little things to make his Posen girls basketball teams better.
It's paid off in a big way over the last five years as the Vikings have brought home five district titles, four North Star League titles and a regional championship.
For all those efforts, which included an undefeated regular season and a regional championship this season, Momrik was named the Region 15 Girls Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) last week.
"It was kind of hard to believe because Posen, being such a small school and going up against a lot of Class A and B coaches in this award nomination and you find out you from posen have won the award, it's pretty special," Momrik said.
Beaverton's Roy Johnston won the Region 15 boys coach award; an award that Hillman's Eric Muszynski and Alpena's John Pintar were also nominated for.
Posen entered the season with sky high expectations and under Momrik, the Vikings didn't disappoint. Ranked as the No. 2 team in Class D all season, they posted their second straight undefeated regular season and breezed to their fifth straight district title. The Vikings finally got over the regional hump and defeated Brimley to win the first regional title in program history.
Posen's season came to an end in the quarterfinals against top-ranked Crystal Falls Forest Park, marking the second straight season that the Vikings' only loss came to the No. 1 team in the state.
The loss marked the end of a two-year stretch where Posen went 48-2.
For as much success as Posen has had under Momrik, he is quick to give a lot of credit to Posen's players and assistant coaches.
"It's all about the players. You can't do this without great players and between the players and coaches I work with, Kevin Romel and Eric Hincka, it makes it a lot easier," Momrik said.
Momrik grew up loving basketball and his constant attention to detail has helped him be successful as a coach. He reminds players to work hard and is always pushing for his teams to be successful through hard work.
"He's always pushing us harder, making us run more and he's had us since the eighth grade, so his chemistry with all of us is good and he knows what we can do," Posen senior Ashley Meyers said. "He fully dedicates himself to basketball. All year round, he's watching tapes of other teams, and colleges to try and pick up little things that would help in practices or in games during the season."
Momrik said next year's Posen's squad is going to look a lot different with the graduation of vital players like Meyers, Austin Sharpe and Korynn Hincka, but winning the award and having new players won't change expectations.
We'll work even harder. It just gives Posen name recognition and that's always a good thing," Momrik said. "We know how hard we're going to have to work with the kids. There's a lot of kids anxious to play basketball at Posen High and we're ready for it."
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