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Brainerd's Ron Stolski elected to national high school coaches hall of fame

Stolski's 380 career victories are the second most in state history.

There's not a football coach in Minnesota that doesn't know the name Ron Stolski.

Stolski has been coaching high school football in Minnesota for 56 years, and on June 26 he'll be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, according to the Brainerd Dispatch

It's one of the highest honors a high school coach can receive, and it'll be the eighth hall of fame Stolski has been selected for.  

Among his seven current hall of fame honors are the Brainerd High School Hall of Fame (2005), the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2008) and the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame (2013). 

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Brainerd went 9-3 last season to boost Stolski's career record to 380-171-5. He's the second winningest coach in Minnesota prep football history, trailing Mike Mahlen, who is entering his 50th year of coaching at Verndale High School, by just two victories. 

The only other Minnesota coaches to be inducted into the national hall of fame are: 

  • Tink Larson, Waseca baseball (2015)
  • Milan Mader, Lakeville North volleyball (2015)
  • Art Downey, Edina swimming (2008)
  • Willard Ikola, Edina hockey (2007)

Brainerd has reached the state tournament 11 times under Stolski, with its best finish coming in 2013 when they lost in the Prep Bowl.

Before going to Brainerd, Stolski coached one year at Kensington High School (Slayton, Minnesota), Princeton High School and Park Center High School. 

The 2018 season will be Stolski's 44th at Brainerd. 

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