staff, March 3, 2015

Suzy Merchant and Jerry Kill both got their head coaching starts at Saginaw Valley State University, a Division II school located in Saginaw, Michigan.

That's where the two current Big Ten coaches first built a special friendship, which Lisa Byington profiled in the "BTN Women's Sports Report" feature above.

It all started when Kill, the SVSU coach from 1994-98, was part of the search committee that hired Merchant as the women's basketball coach in 1995.

Now at Minnesota and Michigan State, respectively, the two haven't forgotten their roots, or the friendship they started 20 years ago.

Watch a couple bonus clips from the feature below.