Braham’s Coach Vaughan Experiencing “One of the Biggest Thrills”

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 5:13 am

Three years ago Braham native Isaiah Dahlman was named Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball.  The standout Bombers star then headed to East Lansing, Michigan to play hoops for the Michigan State Spartans.  Now, Dahlman is gearing up for the Final Four in Detroit.  His Braham coach, Bob Vaughan, says this is a dream come true for Isaiah and the Braham community.

“He was talking to me on the bus on the way home from Indianapolis (site of regional final) and I could barely hear him because everyone was screaming.  He didn’t even say hi, he just started screaming into the phone, ‘I’m going to the Final Four.’ That’s why he went to Michigan State.”

Dahlman, now a junior at MSU, comes off the bench for Tom Izzo’s Spartans.  He played a minute in the Spartans regional final win over Louisville Sunday.

Dahlman has had a memorable tournament.  Not only is he playing in the Final Four, but he played the first two games of the tournament in front of friends and family at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, just over 70 miles from his hometown.  Dahlman scored two points in MSU’s first round win over Robert Morris.

Also playing at the Metrodome during the first weekend of the NCAA tournament was fellow former-Bomber Josh Vaughan. Coach Vaughan’s son scored three points for North Dakota State University in the Bison’s 84-74 loss to last year’s National Champions, Kansas. Coach Vaughan says for him, the last three weeks have been an experience of a lifetime.

“To have two kids from Braham, Minnesota score in the NCAA tournament on the same day at the Metrodome was one of the biggest thrills I’ve ever had in coaching.”

Coach Vaughan says he has attended Final Four’s on-and-off for the past 22 years with his wife, but was not planning to go this year.  However, now that Dahlman will have a chance to play for a National Title, plans have changed.

“We have to go, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, to see one of your young men maybe get in the game at the Final Four.”

Vaughan was able to score a pair of tickets and will be in the stands in Ford Field, Saturday, when the Spartans take on UConn at 5 p.m.

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