A salute to a legend: Roundhouse court dedicated to George Funk



George Funk waves as he poses for photos during the Roundhouse court dedication ceremony for the former coach and athletic director on Feb. 12.

Stories were shared and a storied history of Bobcat athletics was celebrated during the Marshalltown High School basketball games on Feb. 12. It was the 51st anniversary of the first game ever played in the MHS Roundhouse.

A highlight of the Roundhouse celebration was the dedication of the court to former athletic director, boys basketball coach and Bobcat legend George Funk. Funk coached the boys basketball team for 26 years (1963-1989) and was athletic director for 31 years (1968-1999).

Several members of the state champion 1966 Bobcat team coached by Funk were in attendance and joined him at midcourt during the dedication ceremony. Dozens of other alumni came to the event as well to see Funk, who inspired so many Bobcats through the years.

George Funk Court is now in script at two ends of the court. It will be permanently painted this summer. Roundhouse renovation donors were also recognized at the celebration.

To view a video of the dedication ceremony, click here.




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5 Responses to A salute to a legend: Roundhouse court dedicated to George Funk

  1. Candice Mathis Hunt says:

    I had Mr Funk for 10th grade history. He was so nice to me. He wanted me to play on the first ever Girls Golf Team. I did, all 3 years. Thank you Mr Funk. Candy Mathis

  2. Tom Haight says:

    A salute indeed to a terrific basketball coach and AD. And a darn good Cubs fan, too! Graduated a Bobcat in 1967, taught and coached @ MHS from 1974-1982. Wonderful lessons learned from George as a teacher and coach. An inspiration to all. Thanks, George, and congratulations to you for this special honor. –Tom Haight, St. Petersburg, FL

  3. Bruce Hukee says:

    George, just saw the story tonight. What a fantastic honor for you. You a very deserving of this honor. You were a tremendous basketball coach and AD. It was a pleasure to work with you. I learned a great deal from you. Congratulations! Sorry I couldn’t be there.

  4. Jason Clement says:

    Well deserved honor for a great coach, great AD, and most importantly – a great person. I grew up watching Coach Funk’s fist pump as he entered the court to the MHS fight song, and his influence in many lives is extraordinary. Congratulations Coach Funk!

  5. John Moore says:

    I was thrilled to learn that Coach Funk finally got the recognition and legacy he more than deserved ! Long overdue… There are few in the history of MHS that will leave the imprint on students and the community that Coach Funk has. This is not just athletics….. Those of us that had the privilege of playing for him know what I’m talking about. It’s a life changing experience!
    To me he will always be Coach……..John Moore ’66 State Champs!

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