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Coach Muhl adds up success

By Ellen McCauley
On February 21, 2014

 

Seven hundred nine winning games and six national championships have shaped the career of Kim Muhl, head women's basketball coach at Kirkwood Community College. This season set's a landmark for Muhl's coaching career of 25 seasons.

At William Penn University Muhl played basketball and baseball while getting his bachelor's degree. 

Muhl has coached at various high schools and universities across Iowa and even in other states but he joined Kirkwood,  coaching women's basketball in 1989. In the past, Muhl has coached baseball, softball, track and cross-country as well.

"Sometimes you may not think you're going to coach something and you end up coaching it," Muhl said. 

Other accomplishments credited to Muhl and his teams include participation in 15 national tournaments and a school record of 37 wins through the 2009-2010 season. Five of his players have moved on to become Women's Basketball Coaches Association's All-American players.

In December 2009 Muhl was surprised by the creation of an endowed scholarship to honor his accomplishments in his past 20 seasons: The Kim S. Muhl Endowed Scholarship. According to Muhl, Kathy Visser, an Agricultural Science Department assistant, Mary Huffman, a Student Life office associate and his wife worked together to gather donations from former players and community members to create the scholarship.

"They announced the scholarship before a game and it was obviously a shock because I had no idea that's what they were doing," Muhl said. "After you have time to reflect back, it's very humbling for people to go out of their way to do that for you. I don't even have the words for it and I didn't have the words for it then. I'm extremely grateful for what they did."

This scholarship is still active and growing through donations, according to Muhl

Coaching is more than a career to Muhl, who described his profession as an experience.

"I think coaching goes hand-in-hand with everyday life," Muhl said. "I don't think there's a coach that hasn't learned something; there's always something new happening every year."

According to Muhl, coaching Kirkwood students has been different than some of his previous coaching careers, as he was able to recruit students who wanted to play at Kirkwood and that he wanted to coach on a daily basis.

"Kids want to go somewhere where there's a winning tradition," Muhl said. "I think kids are coming with the mindset of winning."

Muhl said he is also very appreciative of the support from the Kirkwood community for the team, stating it is "always a great plus."

Reflecting on the past 25 years, Muhl admitted they have gone by very fast. During this season Muhl has often been asked what he will be doing for the next 25 years. Although he said he is unsure why the question is so  asked, he admits he is unsure of the path his coaching career will follow.

"I think if I stop being excited about coaching or don't have the energy then I'll stop," Muhl said. "But that hasn't happened yet."


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