Pedersen, Haggin reuniting to lead BSC women's basketball

Marv Pedersen and Thai Haggin are bringing their experiences from Mandan High across the river to Bismarck State.

"[Pedersen] was the JV coach when I was the sophomore coach, and so we all had practices together," assistant coach Thai Haggin said.

So when Pedersen got the head BSC job this summer, he knew the first decision he wanted to make.

"My first recruit was her, so I went out and got her right away," head coach Marv Pedersen said.

"He texted me, and I was at a softball tournament, and so I was kind of a little bit confused," Haggin said.  

She didn't know if it was real or not, but now the duo is putting their brand of basketball on the Mystics.

"Everything we did back in the past--we won nine straight titles, so we're not going to change anything," Pedersen said.

When you spend an afternoon at a practice, you start to notice that they like to keep things light. And Pedersen says that took the players some time to get used to.

"Sometimes the kids don't understand what we're trying to do. 'Are you serious or are you not serious?', you know? Because we do joke around a lot," Pedersen said.

But they also bring plenty of energy.

"We're intense on the basketball court, getting up and down," Pedersen said. "We expect the kids to feed off of us."

And most importantly, the two coaches trust each other completely.

"When I'm not at practice or I'm working with the kids, I have utmost respect for her of the game, and the knowledge and skill," Pedersen said. "She brings a lot to the program."

The Mystics are 3-3 on the season and next play at home Dec. 1.

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