Gov. Dayton Honors Winningest High School Basketball Coach In Minnesota History
This is Bob McDonald’s 59th season as a basketball coach in Minnesota. To honor Coach McDonald as a legend and icon in his community and across the state for his accomplishments as both a player and a coach, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed February 11, 2014, to be “Bob McDonald Day” in the State of Minnesota.
“I deeply regret that my recent hip surgery prevents me from attending Tuesday night’s game and personally presenting this proclamation to Bob McDonald,” said Governor Dayton via a press release. “Bob has more than earned ‘Bob McDonald Day in Minnesota,’ with over 1,000 victories and three state titles in his 59 years of coaching. During these almost six decades, he has coached boys and developed those boys into men. The entire State of Minnesota honors him for his phenomenal achievements.”
McDonald will be presented with an official proclamation in his honor at the Boys’ Varsity basketball game in Chisholm, Minnesota, on Tuesday February 11, 2014. Bob McDonald’s Chisholm Bluestreaks – the team McDonald has coached for 53 years – will take on neighbor city rival Hibbing, which is coached by Mr. McDonald’s youngest son Joel. Tuesday’s game will also mark the second-to-last home game for Chisholm this season.
Chisholm native, IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich – who also played for Coach McDonald in the early 90s – will present the proclamation on behalf of Governor Dayton. The game will be one of Coach McDonald’s last, in a career spanning six decades.