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Curry Mund to coach his 800th game

8th graders will play TGU-Towner Feb. 19

February 7, 2011
By Terri Kelly Barta

Curry Mund has taught and coached at Rugby for 28 years. On Saturday, Feb. 19, he will coach his 800th game when the eighth graders play TGU-Towner.

Every year for 28 years he has coached two teams of basketball, one girls team and one boys team. In all, he has coached 60 teams in his career. He has stat books from each game he has coached. Yup, that's 60 stat books neatly stacked in his classroom for ready reference.

On one wall in his classroom, he has a scrapbook worth of sports photos and stories of Rugby athletes. He has kept one for each class since the early 1990s. He regrets he didn't think of doing it sooner in his career.

When the classes come for the All-School Reunion in July, he is going to give each class their paper wall of fame. With his stat books handy, he will be able to refer back to any game he coached. The former students and he will enjoy reminiscing. All because he took the time to maintain records.

He said his coaching skills are probably most like former Rugby Coach Larry Clark. "I'm more intense than him," he added. Four other Rugby coaches helped him shape his career. They are Gary Myhre, Wes Miiller, Frank Martz, and the late Bill Monson.

Mund played basketball for Wishek when he was in high school, and coached two of his three sons in basketball. He enjoys watching young people grow and develop their skills.

His three sons are Adam (Ashley), Moorhead, Minn., Matthew, a cook, Eugene, Ore., and Mason, who attends Concordia College where, in addition to his studies, he plays football. He misses being around his boys and plans to move to the Fargo-Moorhead area in July when he retires from Rugby High School.

Along with his sons, Mund has a lawn mowing business in the summer. The boys have moved on, but Mund still mows. He has been delivering phone books for Frontier twice a year for as long as he can remember. These are the types of activities that keep him busy when school is out for the year.

He has also served as City Recreation Director for many years. One year, Mund was named "Community Volunteer of the Year."

With a bachelor of science degree in history and geography and a minor in physical education from Valley City State University, the 1973 Rugby Alumnus is well equipped to teach students. As an educator, the history and geography teacher enjoys encouraging kids to learn.

"I love to help students learn about today, the past, and the world around them for their future, " said Mund.

When talking to Mund it becomes exceedingly clear that it's all about the students and what he can do to help them learn.

"As a teacher, when I see students succeed in school and know they have a bright future, that is a highlight for me," said Mund. "And to think I had a small part in their success is wonderful."

Having a great sense of humor is a plus when working with students. A favorite memory of Mund's is when students have replaced his maps with a different picture. So he comes along to pull down what he thinks is his map and is surprised to see a funny picture instead.

Mund is a popular teacher, according to former students. He must be. He has been nominated five times by different students for placement in Who's Who in American Teachers. He recently, received his 25 Year Award from the North Dakota High School Activities Association with which he has been an active member.

"I really enjoy Rugby High School and the kids and it is a very hard decision for me to leave," said Mund.



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