Mike Friedel, a 1992 BHSU alumnus and head basketball coach of the Sturgis girls basketball team, gave the keynote address at the 2001 annual volunteer service awards banquet, where he was honored as the recipient of the university’s young alumni achievement award.
His Scooper basketball teams have often battled for the top spot in state rankings. He has taken his teams to the past four consecutive state tournaments finishing in the runners-up spot twice and finishing third and fourth. In 1998 he was named Greater Dakota Conference coach of the year. He has taught and coached in the Meade County School District since 1992.