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.


Tom Luzarraga

Junior Mustangs Director

Email: jrmustangsdirector@gmail.com

Mark Kratina

Lady Mustangs Director

Email: mkratina@mail.com

Millard North High School Basketball

Coach Mike Etzelmiller

Coach Mike Etzelmiller

Head Coach - Millard North Boys Basketball

Welcome to my corner of the court! I’m Michael Etzelmiller, a passionate basketball coach with a legacy rooted in 15 incredible years at Millard North High School. As the Head Coach for the past two seasons, We’ve led our team to consecutive State Runner-Up titles, a testament to our dedication, hard work, and unyielding spirit.

My journey in coaching has been shaped by the invaluable lessons learned from seasoned mentors and the support of an exceptional administration and coaching staff. Drawing inspiration from their knowledge and my own experiences, I’ve crafted a coaching philosophy that blends tradition with innovation, strategy with spontaneity.

At the heart of my coaching approach lies a commitment to creating a culture of competitiveness—a culture where every player is challenged to reach their full potential, where setbacks are viewed as opportunities for growth, and where success is measured not just in wins and losses, but continuous improvement.

Beyond the court, I’m a perpetual student of the game, always seeking new ways to refine our craft and empower the players to excel both on and off the hardwood. Whether it’s devising game-winning strategies, honing fundamental skills, or fostering a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie, I’m dedicated to nurturing the next generation of athletes and leaders.

Off the court, I find my greatest joy in spending time with my loving family. I’m blessed with a wonderful wife, Katie, and three amazing sons—Ryker and Tate, both 7 years old, and Kade, who’s 4. They’re my biggest supporters and my inspiration to strive for greatness in everything I do.

Join me as we embark on this exhilarating journey of growth, resilience, and championship dreams. Together, let’s elevate our game to new heights and leave an indelible mark on the world of basketball.

Let’s hoop!

Coach Chris Paulson

Coach Chris Paulson

Head Coach - Millard North Girls Basketball

I am entering my 5th year at Millard North as a math teacher and coach. This season will be my 1st year as the head coach of the Millard North girls program. I have spent the last 4 years as the assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach for the Millard North boys program. During that span our JV teams won over 70% of our games and the varsity won over 65% including a Metro Conference Championship and State runner-up finish in 2020.

Prior to Millard North, I spent 16 years at Archbishop Bergan, where I was the head basketball coach for 15 of those years. My teams at Bergan won two State Championships (2008, 2014) and were State Runner-up twice (2011, 2012). From 2007-2016, our program was one of the winningest programs in the state, including 7 Final Four finishes in 9 years. I was fortunate to coach outstanding players like two-time Gatorade Player of the Year Wes Eikmeier, who went on to earn All Mountain West 1st team honors at Colorado State. He later went on to play two seasons professionally in Europe. I also coached 2015 NebraskaHSHoops.com Nebraska Player of the Year Adam Dykman who currently plays for Augustana, along with helping coach Millard North’s own Hunter Salis, who also was named MaxPreps Nebraska Player of the Year for 2020. In 2011, I was selected as an assistant coach in the Nebraska Coaches All-Star game.

I have been in the coaching profession for 26 years. I have also been a head boys and girls track coach for 6 years along with being an assistant football coach for 18 years while at Archbishop Bergan High School. At Millard North I also spent a year as an assistant girls softball coach.

When I am not coaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have 3 daughters; Mikayla, Paxton, and Lynley. Together we enjoy boating and attending each other’s activities. Mikayla currently attends Creighton University and plays softball while studying to be an occupational therapist. Paxton runs cross country and track for DC West High School, and Lynley is involved in softball and basketball.

My goal for our programs is to 1). Play harder than our opponent, 2.) Play uptempo both offensively and defensively and 3) Pressure our opponents defensively. I have a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Positive Coaching. I believe strongly in positive thinking and hard work. Our teams will strive to represent the Millard North community well.

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!