SHELBY SHARES: Coach guides small town through big changes

St. James, Minn. — The flat farmland of Watonwan County stretches to the horizon. It is fertile earth. Things grow here. Lives and futures take root and flourish. St. James, the county seat, has a remarkable story to tell about how one man has tended and nurtured two generations of his community’s young men. I want to tell you about Coach Gene Hildebrandt.

You should know, first, this is not a sports story. Twenty years ago, there was only one Latino family in this town of about 5,000 people. Today, 30% of the population and 50% of the students in the district are Latino. That’s a challenge. Coach Hildebrandt never blinked. Continue reading at bringmethenews.com

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A wise man once spoke about how to be successful.

“You have to have a passion,” he said. “You have to be enthusiastic about what you do. The way you are will rub off on your kids. They’ll see that you’re enthusiastic. They’ll see that you have passion and that it’s important to you. That’s extremely important in anything you do if you want to have success.”

This man knows what he is talking about. He knows what it is like to be passionate and enthusiastic about a job and a sport you love. He knows about winning with pride and losing with dignity. He knows what it’s like to watch a teenager pour his heart and soul into months of working toward accomplishing one final goal at the end of a season. He knows what it’s like to watch boys grow into men — men that win both state and national championships. Continue reading at foxsportsnorth.com