Congratulations Gary Schuler [UPDATED]Published 9:35am Thursday, October 18, 2012 Updated 11:37am Thursday, October 18, 2012
Last Saturday evening at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront in St. Paul, Gary Schuler was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame – an association formed 76 years ago by coaches. The Class of 2012-13 Hall of Fame inductees included Carolyn Hummel, Lakefield and Jackson County Central; Dave Hylla, Proctor; Bill Quenette, Moorhead; Buz Rumrill, Glencoe-Silver Lake; Tom Saterdalen, Bloomington Jefferson; and Gary Schuler, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo and Fergus Falls. Each coach was recognized for their excellence, longevity, and especially, for their commitment to their players.
Besides recognizing the Hall of Fame inductees, the event also recognized the Distinguished Service Awards, George Haun Leadership Award, Coach of the Year Awards, and Championship Coaches presentations.
Congratulations to Josh Mohagen, Otter Girls Basketball Coach during the 2011-12 school year, who was recognized as the Class AAA Coach of the Year.
Each Hall of Fame inductee or representative from the family had the opportunity to speak briefly to the audience. Gary spoke of growing up in St. Cloud and later in Grand Forks and how coaches helped shape his early years. He taught and coached in four Minnesota schools over the years — Kennedy, Grand Forks Red River, Warren, and Fergus Falls. Gary has taught Spanish and physical education, and most recently has been the Activities Director and Dean of Students at Fergus Falls High School. He shared that his first teacher and coach stressed three points that he used during his coaching career: be on time, work your butt off, and be nice to people.
In his closing comments, Gary shared his love of for his family, students, and coaching.
He reflected that he was placed on this earth to teach and coach. One of the special moments of the evening was Gary honoring his wife of 45 years, Shawna, for her love and support.
The Fergus Falls Public Schools and community are very fortunate to have Gary Schuler teach, coach and mentor our students and staff.
Often Gary comes to my office and shares when he has a good day or moment. These moments are always about connecting with a student who is struggling and needs his support and encouragement. He gives the students sincere compliments and shows he cares. Every morning, Gary is found in the students’ common area greeting students by name and giving a “fist bump” to many. It’s special to watch how he connects with kids.
Gary is so much more than a Hall of Fame coach. He is a Hall of Fame educator — as there is no higher honor than to be called “teacher and coach.” Sincere congratulations to Hall of Famer, Gary Schuler.
You can watch Gary’s speech at links.fergusotters.org/schuler