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OHS mourns loss of its first football coach

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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

Ike Pesonen working with students

In addition to coaching and serving as athletic director, Ike Pesonen was also a physical education and health teacher.

Three football coaches in the history of Orono High School

The three football coaches in Orono High School’s history are, from left: Jeff Weiland (current coach), Ike Pesonen (first coach) and Steve Fedie (former coach).