About

Mustang Academic Commitment

Our program believes that the academic development of all youth is primary and should be the priority for all student athletes.  We will work with families to help hold players accountable to the standards set by parent and players.

Leadership

Mark Kratina

Mark Kratina

Lady Mustangs Director

This is my third season coaching in the Lady Mustangs basketball program as I will be taking on double duty this year coaching the 3rd & 6th grade teams. I have coached basketball and softball for eight seasons through the YMCA, our Lady Mustang program, and Millard United. I have always felt that a good coach should be an excellent communicator, set a good example for the kids, and be a good ambassador for the program toward the area basketball community. I believe in playing good, aggressive defense, too, so if coaches can pull that off it’s a bonus.

My goals for our program are to develop our girls’ skills on the court through practice and off-season training/camps and I am committed to providing every resource necessary to that end. I also love the idea of a larger Millard North community that helps and supports each other on and off the court. I think we have solid coaches in our program who are great men of character and who will set great examples for our girls.

In my spare time, I am a civil litigation attorney and a big New York Yankees fan. I have written three novels and once hit a ball into the left-field corn at the Field of Dreams in Dyersvilla, Iowa.

Go Mustangs!

Email: mkratina@mail.com
Phone:
 402-312-6102

Tom Luzarraga

Tom Luzarraga

Junior Mustangs Director

I started coaching basketball in 1995 when I returned to work with and learn from my high school coach Tim Owen at Fairfield College Preparatory school in Fairfield, Connecticut. As an assistant, lead scout and head coach of the Freshman program, Fairfield Prep won the Class LL state championship in boys basketball in 1997. From that point forward, I was hooked on this great sport. I moved to Omaha, NE in 2002 and have since coached youth basketball at different levels of play.

Most recently, I finished coaching for the Lady Mustangs between 2014-2017 and now coach and direct within the Jr. Mustangs program. My coaching focus is on basketball fundamentals, especially coaching team defense.

On any team that I have coached, the foundation has always been 4 things: Playing Hard, Playing Together, Playing Smart and Having Fun. Our goal is to impart these core beliefs within our program and prepare our players for the next level. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to coach your player and GO MUSTANGS!

Email: tomasluzarraga@gmail.com
Phone: 402-657-7217

Millard North High School Basketball

Coach David Diehl

Coach David Diehl

Head Coach - Millard North Girls Basketball

Coach Diehl will be entering his 15th year overall coaching girls basketball for Millard North. In 2019, the Millard North girls won the Class A state championship. He started in 2006 as a reserve coach, and won more than 100 games in six years as the Junior Varsity coach from 2007-2013. Coach Diehl was promoted to head coach for the 2014-2015 season, during which the Mustangs won 17 games for only the second time in the previous seven seasons.

Coach Diehl’s biggest basketball influences in his life include his 8th grade select coach, Herb Welling, and Coach Jeff Ritz, the longtime Millard North Girls Basketball Head Coach who amassed more than 380 wins at Millard North coaching from 1982-2009. Coach Diehl is a avid fan of John Wooden, his coaching philosophy, his books, and his Pyramid of Success. Coach Diehl believes that competitive athletics is the best way to teach life skills such as teamwork, selflessness, commitment, and toughness both physical and mental. His biggest joy in coaching – even more so than watching his players have success on the court – is to watch his players grow into strong and confident young women as they have gone on to college and adulthood. He looks forward to that challenge each and every day.

Coach Diehl has been married to Angie Diehl since October 2010 and they have two children, Annabelle (4) and Charlotte, who was born in March of 2017.

Coach Tim Cannon

Coach Tim Cannon

Head Coach - Millard North Boys Basketball

Coach Tim Cannon has been the Head Varsity Boys Basketball coach at Millard North since 2013. Prior to that, Coach Cannon coached at Omaha Bryan for 28 years and at Omaha Cathedral for 6. Tim’s lifelong passion for teaching the game of basketball has lead his teams to over 400 wins for his career and multiple appearances in the state basketball tournament. He believes it is important to teach the fundamentals of basketball early in a player’s development, not only to develop skill, but more importantly to help create a joy and passion for the game of basketball. When not coaching, Tim enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Creating A Culture

In our program, we believe that it is never too early to teach the fundamentals of basketball but also to have the involvement of the Millard North High School Basketball staff. Our goal is to help create and facilitate a lifelong love of the game but also a culture of community and involvement. This takes place throughout all levels of our program and extends into the MNHS program as well. Learning how to be a Mustang starts early and is part of what makes this fun for everyone involved.

MNHS Girls Basketball Coaches and Lady Mustangs Clinic

MNHS Boys Basketball Coaches and Junior Mustangs Clinic

Former MNHS Basketball Players

Many players and coaches have left our program to go on and play or coach at the collegiate level. Meet these players on our “Former Mustangs” page!

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