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High school coach to retire after 59th season (not a typo!)


The longtime coach of the Chisholm boys basketball team has coached a blue streak.

The Duluth News Tribune reported that Bob McDonald, the 80-year-old coach of the Chisholm Bluestreaks, announced he will retire after the upcoming season. McDonald is a four-time Minnesota coach of the year and was the national coach of the year in 2008. He has amassed a state-record 994 wins, taking the Bluestreaks to 11 state tournaments and winning titles in 1973, 1975 and 1991.

WDIO-TV reported that makes him "Minnesota's winningest boy's basketball coach" and the nation's active leader in wins. He has coached in his hometown for 52 years and previously coached in Barnum and McGregor.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” he said.

McDonald said he wants to spend more time with family, including his 18 grandchildren.

“I think it’s come time for me to watch my own kids instead of—not that I didn’t enjoy it—watching other peoples’ kids grow up,” McDonald said late Friday night by phone. “I’ve got some grandkids I want to watch play.”

Even with his retirement, there will be plenty of McDonalds coaching hoops in the northern part of the state. His son Joel coaches at Hibbing High School, Tom coaches at Ely High School, Mike is at Cambridge-Isanti High School and Paul coaches at Vermilion Community College. Daughters Judy and Susie coached before stepping away to focus on their families, and his grandson Rhett coaches at Duluth East.

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