Mark Bagaason was named the Bemidji State head women’s golf and assistant women’s basketball coach in August 2011 and is now in his seventh season pulling double duty entering 2015-16.
In his first season as the women's golf coach, Bagaason guided the Beavers to a first place finish at the Minnesota State University Moorhead Invite, a second place finish in the five-team Wayne State College Invite and a 10th place finish in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships.
In 2012-13, the Beavers hosted the BSU Invite and won the event by 33 strokes against MSU Moorhead and University of Minnesota Crookston. BSU finished second at the St. Cloud State University Husky Triangular, falling short by just one stroke of the winners, SCSU. Boyed by a tournament-low round of 75 (+3) in round two, Rachel Wold recorded a 90-75—165 (+21) to capture runner-up honors and lead BSU.The Beavers closed the season with a ninth place finish at the NSIC Championships. Freshman Monica Wold took 23rd in the league championships with a 92-97-85-85--359 (+71).
The BSU women’s golf team completed the 2013-14 season by finishing ninth at the NSIC Championships. The Beavers won the BSU Invitational and Dual in the Desert events. At the NSIC Championships, Bemidji State was led by Olivia Knutson. The sophomore carded rounds of 89, 85, 86 and 89. At 61 over par (349), Knutson finished tied for 13th place 27 strokes out of medalist contention.
In 2014-15, BSU marked four student-athletes to the NSIC Spring All-Academic Team. Bagaason's team finished the 2014-15 NSIC Championship in ninth place. BSU completed the seven-event season with two top-three team finishes, including a BSU Invitational championship. Bagaason mentored Mary Elmquist as she led the team, posting an 86.6 18-hole scoring average in 14 rounds. She recorded two top-10 finishes in 2014-15.
On the basketball court, he assisted the women's basketball team to a 9-18 overall and 7-15 NSIC finish in 2011-12. At the conclusion of the season, sophomore Morgan Lee earned All-NSIC Second Team honors. He helped guide the Beavers to an 11-16 overall and 7-15 league mark in 2012-13. Lee and senior center Kate Warmack were named All-NSIC Second Team after the 2013-14 season. BSU posted a 9-18 overall and 5-17 conference record last season.
Before accepting the position at BSU, Bagaason, a 25-year veteran of the coaching profession, spent 19 years teaching and coaching in the Clearbrook-Gonvick Public School system, while focusing on individual skill development for boy’s and girl’s basketball players.
During his tenure at Clearbrook-Gonvick, Bagaason served as a junior or senior high school coach in basketball, football and track and field. In addition he has spent summers coaching little league, has been a community education golf instructor and has specialized in boys’ and girl’s individual skill development over the last 10 years.
Bagaason has also been active within the Minnesota State High School League serving on the Section 8 Leadership Council a program that teaches more than 200 10th grade students from 40 area high schools how to be good, positive leaders through speakers and other program activities.
Prior to his time at Clearbrook-Gonvick, he spent time at Red Lake County Central School in Oklee, Minn.
A 1986 graduate of Jamestown College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education, Bagaason earned his associate of arts degree from University of Minnesota Crookston. As a collegiate athlete, Bagaason played basketball and has been inducted in to each institution’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bagaason and his wife Pam have two grown daughters, Cassie and Kayla. Kayla completed her collegiate basketball career at the University of North Dakota in 2010 where she was named the 2010 Great West Player of the Year as a senior and ranks 21st on the UND all-time scoring list with 1,425 points.