Boston, MA (NNCNOW.com) --- Chisholm, Minn. native and longtime Bluestreaks boys' basketball coach Bob McDonald was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame on Wednesday night, becoming the fourth Northland native to receive the nationwide honor.
McDonald joins Eveleth, Minn. native John Mayasich, International Falls, Minn. native Bronco Nagurski, and Hibbing, Minn. native Kevin McHale as native Northlanders to be enshrined in the national Hall of Fame.
The winningest boys' basketball coach in Minnesota history, McDonald retired this past winter with an overall record of (1012-428) and as the owner of three state championships. He won all his titles during his 53 seasons with Chisholm, but he also coached at McGregor and Barnum.
He said on Tuesday that the biggest reason he stuck with the game so long was his family, and that continues to this day.
"Perhaps what perpetuated my career in athletics was my family," McDonald said, "and that goes for you people as well. They all participated, and now I have grandchildren coming through, and they'll keep me going."
McDonald also spent 50 years as the track and field coach at Chisholm, winning the state championship in 2001.
He becomes the 12th Minnesotan to gain entry in the National High School Hall of Fame,