Private League Champion (11-1) Caoch Val Erickson
1960-61 17 - 7 Private League Champion
Coach Ted Hedstrand
Coach Ted Hedstrand
Coach Ted Hedstrand was a multi-faceted coach, bringing home a Private School League Championship in
baseball in 1957!
1957 8 - 2 Private League Champion (8-2) Coach
This program was started in 1965 and had only one coach curing its brief run.
1965 Coach Bob Williams
1966 Coach Bob Williams
1967 Coach Bob Williams
1968 Coach Bob Williams
Anderson coached the men’s softball team to the Private League championship in 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939
Thoughts & Memories
Clifford Ocheltree (Class of 1968) remembers this from his HS days at NPHS:
"Classes for the Academy were held in "Old Main". The University still refers to the building as such. The gym and chapel
building, a much newer structure was to the immediate left as you faced "Old Main". The majority of our classes were held
in those two locations though some activities were held in various other buildings on the campus.
You mention Ted Hedstrand
who was overall athletic director during the years my brother and I attended
[1964-1969] but just as notable, at least to those of us who played football, was Dan McCarrell who was the head
coach for both that sport and basketball. After the Academy closed McCarrell
[and several other faculty members] were absorbed by the college staff. Dan McCarrell
went on to be
an extremely successful NCAA Division 3 basketball coach with three consecutive titles in 1978, 1979 and 1980. See:http://www.d3hoops.com/features/05/northpark.htm
In all fairness I also need to mention Bob Williams our wrestling coach. The year of 1965 was the first year that
the Vikings had a wrestling team and Bob was the coach until the school closed. Good coach and all around great guy."
From Steven A. Williams (Class of 1967):
"Most classes were conducted in Old Main and Wilson Hall during the 1960s. Ted Hedstrand was the head coach of
the varsity basketball and baseball teams. Dan McCarrell was the head coach of the varsity football team and the track team.
He also was head coach of the frosh-soph basketball team for a time. Other sports of NPA were golf, tennis, wrestling
and swimming during the 1960s. Wilbur Anderson was an outstanding teacher and coach at NPA from sometime in the 1930s until
the school closed. He taught driver education, academic courses, and coached teams at the Academy. He was also involved with
the North Park Junior College before it became a four year college. He coached tennis at NPA during the 1960s
and was the Secretary of the Private School League during the same period. This is what I can recall from my years as a student
1963 through 1967."
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