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Whether it was in the classroom or on the playing field, Oiva “Ike” Pesonen always inspired students to do their best. Ike passed away September 12 at the age of 98.
In the history of Orono High School, there have only been three football coaches. Ike served as the first coach from when the high school opened its doors in 1951 through the 1979 season.
As head coach, he amassed 152 victories and nine championships. He was a charter member of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.
In addition to football, he coached baseball, basketball and track, as well as serving as athletic director and teaching physical education and health. (See why he deserved to have a stadium named for him?)
Full obituary here: https://t.co/ic3XTnOwt8