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Mason City vs Grinnell state basketball

Mason City head coach Curt Klaahsen reacts to a call during Mason City vs Grinnell Class 4A quarterfinal-round action of the Iowa girls basketball championship played Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Lee Enterprises photo by Tim Hynds

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Curt Klaahsen does it all.

Already the girls’ head basketball coach at Mason City, Klaahsen has decided to take on a new role as the girls’ head volleyball coach.

“I’ve done it before, I’ve been around the program. I was a middle school coach for a couple years, so next year’s juniors and sophomores I had before,” Klaahsen said. “I see a lot of potential there, lots of things can happen. Program hasn’t had a lot of success in a long time, hoping we can build a strong culture of success like we did with basketball program.”

Klaahsen was the head basketball and volleyball coach before for nine years at Cherokee High School.

Volleyball was something he fell into 29 years ago, assisting in both football and volleyball. Klaahsen was encouraged by friends to give the head volleyball coaching job a shot, so he took a class over the summer to learn the game and jumped in.

“Still be messing around with volleyball ever since, I think that’s something, “Klaahsen said. “For me, I’ve been around the game, but I haven’t been a head coach for 11 years.”

Klaahsen turned the volleyball program around at Cherokee, turning a team that won two to four wins a year into one that held winning records in his final four years. His overall record as a volleyball coach was at just under .500 at 212-220.

Klaahsen fills the spot upon head coach Nicole Hunter’s departure this summer. Hunter was the head volleyball coach at Mason City for two years and assistant for one. Klaahsen was her freshman team assistant this year.

Under Hunter, Mason City volleyball put together a 12-45 record.

“They need to believe they can be successful,” Klaahsen said. “When you haven’t won, you think you have everything against you, we’re not going to make any excuses and work as hard as we can and believe we can compete with anybody that we play.”

Klaahsen said this will be a team effort, leaning on his assistant coaches Andrea McGuire and Camie Kibbee. He’s already teamed up with NIACC head volleyball coach Chris Brandt and plans on reaching out to area coaches Andie Olson and Jim Boehmer, who have also found success in their programs.

His new position comes at the perfect time. Klaahsen has published a book on coaching titled, “When Life Meets Coaching.”

“It started a little over three years ago, talking to friends and talking to people about experiences I’ve had in the coaching and teaching profession,” Klaahsen said. “Basically people saying, ‘You’ve had a lot of amazing experiences and learned a lot. You ought to write a book.’”

“I started jotting things down on a google document, it was a long process to get the book published.”

Klaahsen’s book chronicles his 30 years in coaching and teaching and the people who have influenced him.

The Mason City public library will be hosting a book signing for Klaahsen at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

But now, it looks like he might have more to write about.

​Reach sports reporter Leah Vann at 641-421-0526.

Follow her on twitter at @GG_LeahVann


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