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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Oats LeGrand (Inducted 1986)

Oats LeGrand Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, April 28, 1986.
 
      Since he came to Fergus Falls in 1952, Oats LeGrand has had four roles in the community: radio sports announcer, physical education teacher, coach, and city recreation director.
      Being named as a charter member to the Fergus Falls Sports Hall of Fame is only one high honor bestowed on Oats in recent months. Just last year he was inducted into the Minnesota High School Hall of Fame and this past fall was featured in "Sports Illustrated," as their "sportscaster of rural America."
      LeGrand has broadcast over 3,500 games on radio over four Fergus Falls stations: KGDE, KOTE, KBRF, and KJJK.
      As a coach, he directed the 1960 Fergus Falls VFW baseball team to the state title. Six of his ninth grade football teams were undefeated at the junior high level. He coached outstanding senior high track teams, also heading varsity wrestling, ninth grade basketball, and community college baseball and track.
      Literally thousands of kids came to know Oats through his work in the city recreation department and as a physical education teacher at the junior high level. Many also came to know his famous "Board of Education."
      LeGrand directed five state tournaments in Fergus Falls: the Governor's Track Meet, VFW state baseball tourney, community college state wrestling tourney, and the community college state women's basketball tourney the past two years.
      Highlights for kids each year was the annual citywide picnic associated with various trounaments. Oats personally handed out hundreds of hot dogs.
      Other honors for LeGrand include induction into the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame (1974), Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year (1978), and Region 13 College Track Coach of the Year (1982).
      He and his wife, Eunice, have a son, Steve, who also went into coaching.
 
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