Brent Bargen, 1969-2019
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of former Chadron State basketball coach, Brent Bargen, on May 12th in Lincoln. Brent and his wife, Leslie, attended Ridgeview regularly during their last few years in Chadron. Ridgeview was also grateful for his involvement and input at our Thursday morning men’s group. Brent was integral in the re-formation of the Chadron State Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle, which had not been active on campus for several years.
Although Brent had a passion for coaching, his former players agree that his impact went beyond the basketball court. His faith in Christ was the motivating factor behind his influence and desire to develop young men of integrity and character. Coach Bargen was a father to many of his players. He was demanding, on the court and in the classroom. There was never a doubt that his expectations for his players were grounded in his love for Jesus.
There’s no doubt that Brent would tell you he wasn’t perfect, but that was his reminder to seek daily the gift of God’s grace through Jesus. Chadron State, FCA, Ridgeview, and Nebraska are all better, more Christ-centered places because of Brent.
He will be missed. Even so, we know that Brent Bargen’s legacy and rock-solid faith will continue to make an impact for the Kingdom for years to come.