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Brainerd High School football coach Ron Stolski has been named grand marshal of the 4 p.m. Brainerd-Baxter Fourth of July parade, according to officials with Brainerd Community Action.

Last fall Stolski coached his 52nd season of football. His 355 wins are more than any high school football coach in Minnesota history. He’s spent more than half a century as a head football coach at five Minnesota high schools. His longest stint has been at Brainerd, where he was also the athletic director from 1975 to 2000. He will begin his 40th season as Brainerd’s head coach this fall.

Stolski has taken 10 Brainerd teams to the state football tournament, most recently in 2013 when his Warriors were state runners-up in Class 5A. Five of his teams have reached the state semifinals. His Warrior teams have won 14 conference titles and 10 section titles.

He is the executive director and past president of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. He has been president of the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and was a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s Board of Directors.

Stolski’s many honors include the 1996 Minnesota High School Athletic Director of the Year Award and the 1997 Nike Minnesota Athletic Director of the Year. He is in seven halls of fame.

In May of 2013, Stolski was inducted into the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame.

In 2009, he was named coach of the year by the Minnesota Vikings. In 2011, the Minnesota Football Coaches Association named him its coach of the year.

In 2005, Stolski received the most prestigious honor in the country for a high school football coach — the American Football Coaches Association’s Power of Influence Award, which is given to a coach who makes a positive impact on players, school and community.

Other honors and activities include:

• Recipient; 2011-2012 Brainerd Elk Of The Year.

• Recipient; 2012 Distinguished Alumnus, Macalester College.

• Recipient, 2013 of the Gagliardi Award presented by the National Football Foundation.

• Frequent speaker and clinician throughout Minnesota and the U.S.

• Serves on the advisory committee of the American Football Coaches Association.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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