Nentl enjoys his life after sports activities profession | Options
Catching up with Mike Nentl over Labor Day weekend, he was doing what he often does when he comes residence to see his household – strolling the monitor on the Gobblers facility, doing eight laps round so he can maintain monitor of how far he’s strolling, in accordance with the two-time Athlete of the Yr.
Nentl graduated from Aitkin in 1977 after which spent 4 years enjoying soccer and baseball at St. John’s College in Collegeville.
He performed for nationally acknowledged coach John Gagliardi and has fond reminiscences.
“It was nice enjoying for John, he taught me a lot about soccer and life, he gained his 2 hundredth sport my senior 12 months after I began each sport after which went on to win one other 280 video games earlier than retiring,” Nentl stated. “He taught us crew comraderie and to all the time be ready so when it’s your flip to contribute you’ll be prepared.
Nentl stated one in all his fondest reminiscences is when his brother Kevin introduced some Little League gamers down to observe Nentl play – and watching them run proper onto the sector.
“I needed to shoo them off instantly but it surely was nice that they got here right down to see me,” he stated. “I nonetheless keep concerned in Johnnie capabilities and watch most of thegames.”
Mike was an excellent highschool athlete, and gave his coaches alot of credit score.
“I had three nice coaches, Jerry Corridor, Ron Meyer and Truman Buisman,” he stated. “In 1977 our basketball crew gained the district and misplaced within the area semis to Marshall ‘U’ Excessive, a crew that had gained 53 straight video games earlier than enjoying us. They have been an excessive amount of for us however we have been excited to make it that far.
“We misplaced our level guard Brad Sorenson earlier than the district tourney however we hung in there and bought so far as we might,” he added. “Coach Meyer all the time had us prepared for our opponents, he all the time knew put together us.
“We simply weren’t going to lose that season. We gained the Mid-State Convention as properly.”
Mike has been a hit since his enjoying days as properly.
“I’ve labored for Kemps for 36 years, the final 32 in gross sales. I service Cub Shops and eight impartial grocery shops within the Twin Cities,” Nentl defined. “I’ve labored with fantastic folks, a few of which have been affected by the looting and rioting in Minneapolis so it turned slightly extra private for me.”
Nentl nonetheless has household in Aitkin – his mother RoseAnn and brother Keith together with siblings Mary, Joyce and Ann across the state. He misplaced his brother Kevin, higher often called “Pork” within the Aitkin space, in 1989. He provided some recommendation for younger athletes as they make their approach via highschool.
“At all times be ready, put your self able to win, get pleasure from your teammates and your coaches and eventually make alot of reminiscences, highschool solely occurs as soon as in your life,” he stated.