State Coaches to Present Urdahl with Award 09 Oct 13

State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, will receive recognition Saturday for his notable achievements in the field of prep coaching as both a coach and a legislator.

Urdahl will be the lone 2013 recipient of the George Haun Award from the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. The award is annually presented to citizens who display exemplary leadership and dedication to coaching for at least 25 years. Urdahl spent 29 years as the head New London-Spicer cross country coach and has served the Minnesota House for more than a decade, making significant contributions in each area.

The coaches cited Urdahl as “one of the driving forces that helped pass the MSHSCA Bill of Rights last spring.” Urdahl previously established a process for dismissal by which coaches have the right to a hearing and disclosure of reasons for their dismissal.

“Both of those provisions are geared toward bringing more transparency to the process,” said Urdahl, who taught history at NL-S for 35 years. “Open dialogue between coaches, school officials and the general public will help bring stronger elements of due process to personnel decisions.”

Haun served as the first president of the MSHSCA and the award in his name was established in 1986.