By Kim Sundstrom
An exciting and worthy thing has been decided for former teacher and coach of Proctor, Mr. Dave Hylla. Recently he has been accepted as a member of the MN football coaching association hall of fame. Mr. Parendo will be speaking on his behalf at the forty fifth annual football hall of fame banquet.
The MNFC has a large membership that has been around since the sixties. It’s an active group of coaches promoting past presidents of the association. Mr. Hylla was the leader of the All Star committee. To be in the hall of fame, a coach needs to have at least twenty years or more of coaching, which he had.
It is an unusual case that he brings forth, considering he is deceased, but everyone knows he deserves it. Mr. Hylla’s family gets a plaque for it, and the school is going to get a copy. The school will put it in a trophy case that is in honor of Hylla. It’s not made yet, but with the help of his daughter Ashley, they are making it this summer and it will be down in the main hallway by the gym.
Another plaque will be placed in honor of him in the Doubletree hotel/restaurant in St. Louis Park. At the dinner banquet, on Saturday, April 4, there are four inductees which will be brought into the hall of fame along with Hylla. These are DeWayne Johnson from Anoka, Dwight Lundeen from Becker, Mike Mahlen from Verndale, and in the college division, Roger French from Brigham Young University.
Each makes a small speech, and for Hylla, Mr. Parendo will be speaking. There are also other awards like coach of the year in each coaching level and Assistant Coach of the year awards, which Parendo has gotten before.
It’s quite an honor for Hylla because it’s such a huge reward. We are all proud of him for all he has done for our school and us, and this is one way to show our appreciation.