Brian Cosgriff reflects on legendary run as Hopkins girls hoops coach

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Riding a 62-game winning streak and on his way to eventually leading the Hopkins girls basketball team to another state championship, Hall of Famer Brian Cosgriff announced his resignation this week.

He compiled a 569-67 record with the Royals, and led them to seven state titles. They were on their way to an eighth when Covid-19 shutdown the state tournament in March. They were set to play Farmington for the championship, a team they beat by 25 points in the regular season.

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Cosgriff was to enter the Minnesota Basketball Hall of Fame during a ceremony in April, but that had to be postponed.

Cosgriff, 59, took over the girls program before the 1999-2000 season. Before that he was an assistant under Ken Novak Jr. for the boys team. He also has worked at Armstrong and Breck.

Along with walking away from his Hopkins basketball position, Cosgriff is giving up his phy ed teaching position at Alice Smith Elementary in Hopkins. He has accepted a position at Providence Academy.

Cosgriff said he’ll still be involved in athletics, basketball in particular, in some form or fashion. He mentioned helping out the Ms. Basketball committee.