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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bill Colbeck (Inducted 1986)

Bill Colbeck Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, April 28, 1986.
 
      For over a quarter of a century the name Bill Colbeck has been synonymous with winning basketball at Hillcrest Academy in Fergus Falls. His overall record through the 1985 season was 217 wins and 125 losses, including one national invitational championship.
      A native of Chicago, Colbeck turned down a scholarship offer to play basketball at the University of Michigan. Instead he attended one year of pre-seminary at Lutheran Brethren Seminary, Fergus Falls, in 1953-54. He graduated from Brooklyn College and in 1959 returned to Fergus Falls to complete his seminary training (1962).
      Colbeck's entire coaching career has been with the Hillcrest Comets. During the past 25 years his Comet basketball teams have won 10 Little Valley Conference titles; taken first, second, and third in the National Christian Invitational Tournament in Arkansas; won the District 23 title (1976); and finished second in the Independent School State Tournament (1965).
      Hillcrest, as a private school, joined the Minnesota State High School League, along with other private high schools, in 1976, the same year the Comets too District 23 honors. Colbeck has coached 22 years at the Academy (he stepped aside two differnet times to assume added administrative responsibilities).
      Taking on duties as Hillcrest principal in 1964, Colbeck has also coached football, baseball, and track at the Academy. He never had a losing season in any of these sports with his football squads compiling a won-lost record of 40-13.
      Colbeck and his wife, Joy, have three children, Susan, Dawn, and Scott. All three children played varsity basketball for the Comets.
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