Legendary Coach Hylla Remembered in Proctor

By KBJR News 1

August 20, 2011 Updated Aug 20, 2011 at 9:14 PM CDT

Proctor, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The late Proctor Rails football coach Dave Hylla was remembered Saturday morning with the running of the Dave Hylla 5K.

Hylla died suddenly of a heart attack in August 2008, but his memory has since lived on within the Rails football program and the Proctor community.

He led Proctor to nearly 200 wins, 10 conference titles, and five state tournament berths during his time as head coach.

The money raised Saturday goes to the Dave Hylla Scholarship Fund, designed to help a senior football athlete at Proctor.

The annual 5K is just another way to remember a man no one will soon forget.

"He was a very intense coach, to say the least, but an extremely loyal coach," current Rails football coach Derek Parendo said. "He would stand up for his players all the time, but he expected you to work hard and be there every day. That's what we're trying to show here with the race. Our players come in and they work for us out on the route, and we show them it's important to be here and help other people."

Posted by Zach Schneider