Osseo Celebrates Theisen's 300th Basketball Victory
Jan 12, 2016 09:37AM
● By Doug Erlien
Osseo's Tim Theisen and Activities Director Bill Quan
Ask those who follow high school basketball in the state to name their top coaches and you’ll get a few common names. Osseo's Tim Theisen is one.
Theisen, in his 14th season at the helm of the Orioles boys basketball program, has accomplished what few others in his profession have. Seven conference titles, five region championships, three trips to state championship games and a championship in 2012. He is a five-time region coach of the year and was named the state’s best coach in the 2011-2012 season by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association.
However, it’s not about numbers. It’s about the student that have been lucky enough to play in one of the top programs in the state.
“I’ve reflected on a lot of things since that 300th win,” Theisen said. “This is my 14th year, we’ve had a lot of good players come through this program. Kids that have gone on to Division I, kids that have played Division 2, 3 and even junior college. We had a lot of kids that just wanted to play basketball and when they play for us, they commit themselves to this program.”
As impressive as the list of players who came through the Osseo program are the assistant coaches that have become head coaches after coaching with Theisen, such as . Nick Schroeder at Maple Grove, who recently notched his 100th career victory, Mark Arzdorf at Blaine, and Robb Belschner at Andover.
“At first I didn’t want the ceremony or anything,” Theisen said. “But it’s a recollection of 13 years of hard work that myself and the coaches have put together here.”
His teams have averaged 23 victories per season which is among the top in high school basketball.
Theisen At The Helm
Since taking over for Adam Holm in 2002, the Orioles have a 306-85 record
(40 of those losses came during three seasons).
2013-2014- 22-8 (State Quarterfinals)
2012-2013- 25-4 (Section Runner-up)
2011-2012- 30-2 (State Champions)
2010-2011- 29-3 (3rd Place State)
2008-2009- 29-3 (2nd Place in State)
2002-2003- 24-6 (2nd Place in State)