Ken Novak Senior, Longtime Hopkins boys basketball assistant and former head coach passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at the age of 92.
The Minnesota basketball world are utterly devastated as they lost a coaching legend. Family and friends are saddened over the loss of an amazing father, brother and friend.
Ken Novak Senior Basketball Career
Novak began his coaching career in professional basketball after a standout playing career at Crosby-Ironton and St. Cloud State.
After becoming St. Cloud State’s head coach at age 24, he moved into the high school ranks.
Novak was head coach at Hopkins from 1957-1970, then coached Hopkins Lindbergh when from 1970-82 when the Hopkins district split into two schools.
He won 459 games as a head coach and is in the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and coached Lindbergh to the state tournament in 1974.
Novak is also in the Crosby-Ironton, St. Cloud State, and Hopkins halls of fame.
He became an assistant to his son Ken Junior in 1982, first at Blaine and then for 30 plus seasons at Hopkins.
The Novaks helped Hopkins to eight state championships.
Tributes And Condolences From Loved Ones
”Saddened today by the news of Ken Novak Sr passing. He was a huge positive influence on so many, and I was proud to call him a friend….” Brian Wright posted on Facebook.
”You touched the lives of so many who had the pleasure of knowing you. What you did for me growing up, as a player and a young man, I cannot thank you enough. You helped give me the confidence and passion to believe in myself. You were truly like a Grandfather to me. Heaven gained one of the greatest angles to come home. One of the greatest coaches as well, so everyone up there better be ready to throw a bounce pass .Thank you for everything. I love you Coach. Rest in Heaven ….” Jared Nuness posted on Facebook.
”Former longtime Hopkins boys basketball assistant and head coach Ken Novak senior died Wednesday at age 92. Novak won 459 games as a head coach at Hopkins and Hopkins Lindbergh from 1957-1982. He spent another 30 plus seasons as an assistant to his son Ken Novak junior, who is one of the winningest coaches in Minnesota history with over 900 wins. Funeral services are pending….” CCX Media posted on Facebook.
Ken Novak Snr. Obituary
Funeral arrangements is pending but will be made known to the public when the time is right. Watch a condolence message video here:
The Novak family are going trough a difficult time and their mourning period must be respected at this time. The cause of Novak’s death is still unknown at the time of this reporting.