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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Roland Bromberg (Inducted 1990)

Roland Bromberg Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Luncheon, July 28, 1990.
 
      Rol Bromberg is another Otter football player who performed under the guidance of Hall of Famer Norm Galloway and became an outstanding high school football coach in his own right, like fellow inductee Les Drechsel.
      A 1951 Fergus High grad, Bromberg was a football guard for Galloway, winning the T.H. Johnson MVP award. He excelled in football at Bemidji State University, where Galloway also had played, and was a star performer as guard from 1951 through 1954. At BSU he was also football co-captain.
      At Fergus High Bromberg also played basketball (serving as captain and being named to the all-District 23 squad) and ran the 880 in track. At Bemidji State he was also a member of the basketball team and additionally participated in track and baseball as a 5-11 and 175-pound athlete.
       At BSU Bromberg was on the Scholastic Honor Roll, the Extracurricular Honor Society, and as a senior received the Koefod Memorial Award as the highest scholastic athlete.
      He served as Cloquet High School football coach from 1961 through 1984 and was Region 7 Coach of the Year in 1967, 1971, and 1976. His team finished runner-up in the 1976 state AA title game. His 30-year football coaching record was 148-82-4. In 1977 he coached the North squad in the state's high school all-star game. He coached two undefeated teams as well as nine conference champions.
      Other awards have also come his way, including induction into the Bemidji State Hall of Fame, Minnesota State Coaches Association 25-year Club, and Minnesota State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
      Roland is past president of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. He has served as a basketball referee for 30 years and has refereed in both the boys' and girls' state basketball tournaments, also doing some college basketball refereeing. He served as a teacher from 1956 through 1990 and was athletic director from 1972 through 1990.
      He and his wife, Ilene, have three children, Patricia, Jane, and Michael.
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