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Mayo coach trying to make move to Rochester

Kevin Landrum was hired as the Rochester Mayo boys basketball coach at the beginning of June. But he is still in Florida as he sorts things out while trying to move to Minnesota.

Getting the job as coach of the Rochester Mayo boys basketball team might have been the easy part for Kevin Landrum.

The 39-year-old was hired to guide the Spartans at the beginning of June. A month and a half later he is still trying to sort through these difficult times in life as he attempts to make his way up to Minnesota.

“We haven’t moved up there yet, but I’ve been in constant contact with kids every day," Landrum said. "We’ve had a couple of Zoom calls and a couple of my assistants have been able to open the gym. So we’re making the best of the situation in all aspects, I guess.”

Landrum has yet to have a face-to-face meeting with his players, but he hopes he is able to do that in the near future. He had been coaching high school basketball for the past five years in Florida. The native of Wisconsin and his wife, a native of New Ulm, have three children, girls ages 10 and 7, and a 5-year-old boy. They have a home in Bradenton, Fla., which they are trying to sell.

“I’m trying to sell my house and I have a family and there’s 15,000 (coronavirus) cases a day that are popping up in Florida so it’s not exactly the greatest of times," Landrum said. “It’s absolutely nuts down here so just being able to get everything figured out to get up there, we’re still trying to figure some things out.”

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Landrum has a lot of moving parts to deal with. He's trying to sell a home in Florida and buy one in Minnesota during tough economical times and has the large distance between the two places to deal with.

“I’m anxious to get up there, but it’s not like it’s a two-hour drive. It’s 2,000 miles," he said.

“There’s a lot of things when you have to sell a house and buy a house at the same time," he added. "You’re changing jobs and you’re moving. She (his wife) has to keep her job. We can’t both be between jobs and be approved to buy a house as we try to sell a house.

“You wish you could just snap your fingers and be there. I’m hoping to get up there for a long weekend soon. And my wife and I would like to get up there to look at some houses.”

Landrum is also excited about meeting and starting to work with his new team and players. He said assistant coaches have done a good job in the interim and noted that it wasn't until earlier in July that players in Rochester were allowed in school gyms.

Tom Brown and Pat Franco, my two assistants, they’re really doing a good job,” Landrum said. “I talk to them all the time, I talk to the kids all the time, I was texting with them. The only thing I’m really missing is a couple hours in the gym right now, but everything else is as if I was up there. There’s been no lack of communication that way.”

In the meantime, Landrum and his family are packing boxes in Florida and preparing for the day when they they begin their new journey.

“We’re trying to do what’s best for everybody right now and we’re making it work,” he said.

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Guy N. Limbeck is a Rochester native who has been working at a daily newspaper since 1981. He has worked at the Post Bulletin since 1999. Readers can reach Guy at 507-285-7724 or glimbeck@postbulletin.com.
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