As a sophomore at Northern State during the 2013-14 season, Mack Arvidson broke his foot in the fifth game of the year.

After the game, the former Grand Forks Red River standout was driven to the hospital.

One car behind Arvidson was Wolves head coach Paul Sather, who was announced last week as UND's next head men's basketball coach after nine years at the helm of Northern State.

"The things people don't see is that the biggest thing for him is he's definitely a player's coach and genuinely cared about his players," Arvidson said. "He really cared about his players, and that's a big asset."

Arvidson and his former teammates say Sather's strength is in relationships and his ability to jell a selfless team.

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When Logan Doyle was recruited out of Alexandria High School in 2013, he originally opted to play at Division I South Dakota State for former coach Scott Nagy.

"When I came out of high school, Sather was the toughest coach to call to say 'no,'" Doyle said. "He cares more about you on a personal level. Then when I knew I was going to leave South Dakota State, he was my first call. He wants to see you succeed on and off the court. (UND) is getting someone who is going to be for you 24/7."

Doyle went on to be NSIC Newcomer of the Year and score 926 points at Northern State in just two seasons.

"He gets buy-in," Doyle said. "It's team-first."

D.J. Pollard said he wasn't highly recruited out of St. Louis Park, Minn., before leading the Wolves in scoring in the 2017-18 season, a year in which the Wolves set a school record for wins en route to a national championship runner-up finish.

"He was the most personable and seemed to care a lot about my whole life and what I had going on," said Pollard, who now attends the University of Minnesota's Dental School. "They were the first to recruit me and that helped build a relationship."

Sather's former players characterize his sideline demeanor as a mix of stoic and fiery. A regionally viral video from January 2017 shows Sather getting ejected from a game against Augustana.

"He can be a little intense, which I personally love," said Arvidson, now 25 and working for a family business in Fargo. "When he was kicked out of the Augie game, that was actually the second game that year that happened. That's him backing his guys. He was always there for us on the court and off the court."

Sather's teams ran a motion offense, often featuring balanced lineups. For example, Northern State's 36-4 national runner-up squad was led in scoring by Pollard's 12.9 points. Pollard was one of four players to average between 12 and 13 points. Five averaged double figures.

"(Sather) knew when someone was starting to feel it and knew how to get guys shots when they're on," Arvidson said. "It's a balanced system. That says a lot about who he recruits. No one would whine about getting their 20 (points). He gets good, quality guys.

"My five years at Northern -- you talk about locker room guys who can be a cancer to a team ... the picture of Northern is none of those guys. Guys get along. They want to work hard and win together."

Sather recruited Arvidson out of Red River, where the 6-foot-2 guard led Red River to the 2012 North Dakota Class A state championship. He averaged 20.0 points and 6.6 rebounds while earning first-team, all-state honors. He averaged 22 points per game in three state tournament games, earning MVP honors in the process.

Arvidson, who scored more than 1,000 points at Northern and was once all-NSIC second team, remembers growing up in Grand Forks, going to watch former coach Rich Glas' teams at Hyslop Sports Center.

"I have a lot of UND pride," Arvidson said. "To have a personal tie with someone I came to know well go to North Dakota is really awesome."