Athletics: W-DC’s Gallant honored for his work

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Wadena-Deer Creek’s Norm Gallant was named the Activities Director of the Year for both the Subsection 24 and Section 6-1A.

Gallant won by a vote from the activities directors in the section. Gallant’s name will go into a pool and the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association will select the top AD in the state.

“The AD community is very close knit and we work extremely closely together,” Gallant said in a press release. “I always try to do what’s best and what’s right for students, both at WDC and in our region and across the state.

“I am also extremely thankful for a dedicated, hardworking, and caring group of coaches. Their commitment to our students and communities make being an AD fun and rewarding. We really have great coaches and great kids at WDC.”

Gallant was the subsection AD back in 2014 as well. This is the Staples-Motley graduates 10th year as W-DC’s AD. Gallant succeeded Brian Silbernick in 2010. Two days later an EF4 tornado ripped through the WDC High School campus.


Retired Park Rapids activities director John Schumacher praised Gallant for his efforts in helping design athletic facilities that “are the envy of many school districts in north-central Minnesota.”

“The blueprint of WDC has been used by many other districts,” Schumacher said. “This is because Norm was able to take his knowledge of what a district needs to have for a successful activities program and put it to brick and mortar.”

Gallant is a member of the Region 6-1A Committee and currently serves as vice chair. He is a representative on the Region 6-1A Representative Assembly, the MN Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Region Committee and the MNIAAA Strategic Planning Committee.

Gallant was the head wrestling coach from 2005-2018. He’s been an assistant baseball, football and wrestling coach, too. He returned to the sidelines for this year’s football season.

WDC Grades 5-12 Principal Tyler Church describes his colleague as a person who brings “energy, knowledge and compassion” to everything he does.

“Norm is a person of high moral character who demands the very best for the students in our school,” Church said.

Pequot Lakes activities director Marc Helmrichs, who was named the Class 1A Activities Director of the Year last season said Gallant represents all the positive attributes needed in an activities director.

“His passion for education-based activities is obvious in all that he does,” Helmrichs said. “He is well respected by students, staff, the community as a whole and his fellow activities directors.”

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