Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Duluth Marshall's Dave Homstad will be retiring next month after 35 years with the school, and he says his time could not have been better spent.
"I couldn't have asked for a better profession, and I couldn't have asked for a better place to work," Homstad said. "I couldn't name names of all the people who have had impact, but it's been students, coaches, officials, other athletic directors, and my colleagues here at school. They are all my friends."
One of the largest impacts on Homstad's life has been that of Peggy McGregor, who has been his athletics assistant the past 15 years.
"I don't think, and I think he'll tell you the same thing," McGregor said, "that there's one day gone by that we haven't laughed."
Sure enough, Homstad said the same thing of his time spent in the Hilltoppers' athletic office.
"I don't think a day went by in those 15 years," Homstad said, "that we didn't laugh really hard at least two or three times."
Those 15 years are coming to an end now, and there's one thing in particular Homstad says he will miss.
"I'll miss kids coming through my door saying, 'Mr. Homstad, I need some help,'" Homstad said. "That's probably the biggest thing I'll miss."
"He's left a real big mark on this school. He's helped so many different kids in so many different ways," McGregor said. "I can't imagine anybody else being what Dave was to this school."
"I couldn't have been more blessed, I don't think. I couldn't have been more fortunate to end up at this school, both as a student and as a faculty member," Homstad said. "My whole life has been blessed by it."