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Jack Luoma, front center, poses with Bemidji High School’s 1974 state championship basketball team. Front row, from left, assistant coach Jerry Solheim, Luoma, assistant coach Phil Buhn; back row, from left, Jim Hickerson, Bob Luoma, Dale VanHouse, Eric Boysen, Jim Schmeckpeper, Jack Schwartz, Steve Vogel, Stan Drew, John McRae, Don Hubbell, Jesse Vaughn, Mike Rowlette, Perry Dreyer, Tim Koski. Pioneer File Photo

A local legend: Former players, friends remember influential coach Jack Luoma

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BEMIDJI – Everyone knew Jack Luoma.

“It always seemed like, wherever we went, that Jack knew all those people and all those people knew Jack,” said Phil Buhn, a longtime friend and an assistant coach for Luoma’s Bemidji High School basketball teams in the 1970s.


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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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