Mike Artist Hall of Fame

(Glenwood) -- The KMA Sports Hall of Fame welcomed another coach to its inaugural class on Thursday evening in Glenwood.

Former Rams soccer coach Mike Artist, who directed six teams to the state tournament during a nine-year period, was honored as the Hall of Fame's first soccer inductee.

"It brings back a lot of memories from the nine years that I coached," Artist said. "It's something that brings back a lot of good times and a lot of hard work. The support of the community and parents. We were very successful for those nine years, and it's one of those good things in life that happened."

Artist came to Glenwood in 1990 and started in, with his wife Jenny, on the youth program. When his sons reached high school, he took over the Rams soccer program and began the incredible run that saw them go to state in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

"We moved here to Glenwood," Artist said, "and we had never seen the game of soccer. We jumped right in it, put a couple traveling teams together and the opportunity came to take on the head coach."

"You just never know what can happen if you just stay involved. The boys loved the sport, and we supported them. We never knew how it was going to end up."

View a full video interview with Coach Artist following the induction ceremony below.

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