Dependable, organized and fair.
Those are just a few words people use to describe former Staples-Motley activities director Glen Hasselberg.
Here is what others said:
Staples-Motley head boys' basketball coach
"Both Glen and I have had a lot of years with a lot of give and take on both sides. As a coach, he did a great job for me as far as the athletic director. With him going out as an AD and not going out on the terms he would have liked to, that bothers me. He took this job and performed with a great deal of heart and effort.
"I knew the things that were going to be taken care of by Glen and they were taken care of. That allowed me as a coach to concentrate on the game."
Retired hall of fame cross country coach from S-M
"I've known Glen since he was a student of mine in junior high. When I coached, he supported me and the cross country program more than any other AD. We used to run at the golf course and he lived by the golf course. He used to let me use his four wheeler. He let me store all my things in the garage. I had a great working relationship with Glen.
"I think it will be an interesting year with Glen not being there. Maybe not so much the first year because I'm sure Glen has everything scheduled already. The next year could be a real challenge."
S-M's head baseball coach
"It's going to be a big change. He was really good at his job. He was outstanding. Anytime you had a question or a problem he would take care of it. You didn't have to worry about umpires or scheduling. That was always done and taken care of. He was a real professional."
S-M's head softball and girls' swimming coach
"His organizational skills are incredible. With schedules, all that stuff was taken care of. That's going to be missed. Because he was so good at what he did, that allowed me to deal with the task at hand. I was able to take care of coaching rather than have to worry about bus schedules or game schedules."
Retired hall of fame wrestling coach from S-M
"Glen and I taught together. We were both industrial arts teachers so we knew each other in that capacity, too. We shared a lot of our coaching philosophies with each other while teaching. I also officiated with Glen. He got me into officiating football and we did many, many state tournaments and section tournaments. It was fun. Even when I retired from teaching I would still do that with him.
"He was very well organized. He would take care of schedules, officials and dates. This was done way ahead of time so it was not a struggle when the time came for the event. Also, he really worked hard when you had a snow out or other weather-related problems of rescheduling that contest.
"I would say the biggest plus that Glen had was his ability to communicate with his coaches and coaches from other schools."
S-M's head boys' and girls' tennis coach
"In my tenure as tennis and basketball coach, Glen has always gotten the job done right. I can't think of him not dotting an I or crossing a T. He always treated me very fairly with the needs I had or the support. I have no complaints about Glen.
"Those guys in the business of getting things organized and getting the job done get little credit. It's a job I wouldn't want. Hats off to those guys. I think he did an outstanding job of meeting the needs of the kids in a thankless job. I'm sure he heard very few thank yous, but I certainly appreciated him."
Retired activities director from Crosby-Ironton
"Glen was a great AD to work with and to work against. He was very knowledgeable about the state high school league and its activities, as well as his own school's policies. He was a great organizer. When you worked with Glen, you were always confident that things were going to be done the way you thought they were. For example, if you had a seventh grade football game you knew it was going to happen. Plus, he was one of the most personable guys I ever met doing this."
Pequot Lakes activities director
"When you have someone with that kind of experience they are certainly someone you can go to with whatever questions you might have or for advice. When someone has been there as long as he has and has had the success that he's had, it's going to be quite a change. To talk about Staples-Motley without Glen will be very different."
JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5856.
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