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Ziegler to take over Blackduck basketball program

Adam Ziegler has been hired as the head boys basketball coach at Blackduck High School. Photo by Jillian Gandsey.

Adam Ziegler coached the upcoming varsity boys basketball squad since the group was in middle school and now he’ll get the chance to see them out the door.

“I had them as sixth-graders, seventh-graders, eighth and then I moved up and worked with them when they were freshmen and sophomores,” Ziegler said.

Ziegler was named the head boys basketball at the regular School Board meeting on July 14 as a result of previous coach Grant Mistic resigning in early May. Mistic led the Drakes for nine years and said that he felt it was time for him to retire after he helped the program make a major comeback.

Ziegler has worked as the assistant boys basketball coach for the past two years with Mistic, who said they had a great working relationship.

“He’s a basketball junkie,” Mistic said. “He loves the game. I just think it’s going to be very good for the program and he’ll do good things.”

Ziegler played basketball at Blackduck High School and graduated in 2003. He then went on to study business administration at Bemidji State University, but didn’t stray far from Blackduck’s basketball program.

Ten years ago, Zielger began working with the elementary school’s basketball program and after two years moved up to the junior high squad.

After being in that position for six years, he became the assistant boys basketball for the Drakes in 2012.

“So, I’ve been pretty much just moving up with this squad that we have now,” Ziegler said. “Having my own program is going to be a lot of fun and being able to try some new stuff and see what works and what doesn’t.”

Ziegler hopes to take the Drakes further than they’ve ever been is past seasons, which would mean a sub-section championship.

“I guess I would consider that a goal of mine to advance them,” he said. “There’s a ton of tough teams in our sub-section though like Cass Lake and Red Lake.”

This past season, the Drakes were 16-11 and only lost a few seniors and will have just one senior in the 2014-15 season. “It’s a young squad with a really good junior class,” Ziegler said. “It will be fun.”

Ziegler works at Timberline in Blackduck and enjoys golfing, softball, hunting, fishing is now looking forward to being the head coach of the basketball team.

“I can’t think of another place I’d rather coach,” he said. “It’s pretty cool.”

Jillian Gandsey

Jillian Gandsey is the Multimedia Editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. She is an Iron Range native and a 2013 graduate of Bemidji State University. Follow Jillian on Twitter and Instagram @jilliangandsey. Contact her at 218-333-9786, 218-996-1216 or at 

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