Simpson College’s men’s head basketball coach Brad Bjorkgren has been inducted into the IHSAA Basketball Hall of Fame. An online Simpson posting stated “When Director of Athletics Brian Niemuth hired Bjorkgren to be Simpson's men's head basketball coach in the spring of 2015, he knew was getting a great coach. He didn't know he was getting a hall of famer.”
Fresh off his second season as men's head basketball coach for the Storm, Bjorkgren was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association's Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2017 for his remarkable career at Urbandale High School.
A 1983 graduate of Simpson College, Bjorkgren spent 27 years as the boy’s head coach at Urbandale, going 398-213 with nine Central Iowa Metropolitan League (CIML) Championships and seven appearances in the Class 4A State Tournament.
"This is a great honor, one I wasn't expecting," Bjorkgren said. "To be mentioned among the other remarkable players and coaches being inducted is one of the highlights of my coaching career. This wouldn't be possible if not for the great student-athletes I had the pleasure of coaching and the great people who coached alongside me."
Bjorkgren, a 1978 Manning graduate, is the son of Norma Bjorkgren of Manning.