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Football: McCuen to coach Havok in Mankato

WORTHINGTON — Ken McCuen, who coached the Southwest Huskerz to Southern Plains Football League championships in 2014 and 2015, has accepted a position as assistant head coach for the Minnesota Havok of the Indoor Football League.

The Havok, who are based in Mankato, will begin their first year in the indoor league in 2016.

McCuen took the Huskerz to SPFL titles in the first two years of its existence. With the Havok, he will also serve as the team’s quality control coach.

“What my wife was telling me was that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” McCuen said Friday. “A lot of people don’t get a chance to coach professionally. I’m very excited.”

The Havok are the only indoor professional football team based in Minnesota. The team joins the Sioux Falls Storm and Iowa Barnstormers in the IFL.

Former Huskerz players Darieon Smith (Sioux City Bandits of the CIF) and Jordan Bouw (Havok) have received contracts to play at the next level.

The Havok will play their 2016 home games at the Verizon Center.

McCuen’s personal goal is to someday coach in the National Football League.

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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