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Two coaches aim for 500-victory milestone

By Ron Haggstrom, Star Tribune , 01/28/11, 2:05PM CST


Tom Vix of Rushford-Peterson and Jeff Wall of Maranatha are nearing the mark

Two boys’ high school coaches – Tom Vix of Rushford-Peterson and Jeff Wall of Maranatha – are on the verge of joining elite company. Both coaches are six victories away from career win No. 500.

There are 28 boys’ coaches who have reached the milestone, eight of whom are still active. Bob McDonald of Chisholm is the winningest coach (955-384) in state history. McDonald and Bob Brink of Rocori have both eclipsed 900 career victories.

Vix currently owns a career record of 494-194. Rushford-Peterson is now off until Tuesday when it hosts Kingsland.

Wall’s career mark stands at 494-219. Maranatha is also off until Tuesday when it hosts New Life Academy.

State coaching all-time victory leaders entering 2010-11 season

Name Team Record
#Bob McDonald Chisholm 942-382
#Bob Brink Rocori 901-306
#Zig Kauls Mounds View 710-331
#Lynn Peterson Staples-Motley 680-236
John Nett Winona Cotter 580-297
#Ken Novak Hopkins 628-120
Jerry Snyder Lake City 574-245
Jack Evens Bloomington Jefferson 554-193
Hugo Goehle Hills-Beaver Creek 550-239
Len Horyza Cretin-Derham Hall 550-199
Gary Schuler Fergus Falls 546-199
#Franz Boelter Bethlehem Academy 545-243
Jim Hastings Duluth Central 543-236
Louie Mitteco Totino-Grace 542-292
#Dave Galovich Crosby-Ironton 540-268
Darrell Kreun Sibley East 533-185
Ron Ueland Marshall County Central 532-322
Lloyd Holm St. Louis Park 531-234
Bob Torgrimson Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Ashby 528-296
Rich Decker Rochester Lourdes 527-203
Merrill Skinner Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 524-363
Lloyd Stussy Wells-Easton 522-209
Al Andreotti St. Cloud Tech 521-222
Red Pelzl New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 520-308
Butsie Maetzold Hopkins 508-62
Dick Finck Bertha-Hewitt 508-255
Ron Hested Fairmont 506-260
#Bob Vaughan Braham 503-153

# denotes active coach

All-time coaching victory leader Bob McDonald of Chisholm. /Star Tribune file photo

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