SPORTS: Peninsula College’s first-ever coach dies in Minnesota
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MOORHEAD, Minn. — Bill Quenette, Peninsula College’s first men’s basketball and baseball coach, died Feb. 28 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D., following a coaching career that spanned 46 years.
Peninsula College opened its doors in 1961, and a year later hired Quenette to coach basketball and baseball.
His teams, which began as club teams and soon went intercollegiate, were the first Pirate teams in the college’s history.
Just prior to taking a coaching/teaching job at Moorhead High School in 1966, Quenette was also involved in the design phase of the Pirate gymnasium that still stands today.
“I got a chance to meet Coach Q on a recent visit to the college, and it was evident how proud he was of his work here,” said Peninsula College athletic director Rick Ross.
“Dean of students Art Feiro laid the ground work for all that has come since, and coach Quenette was his first hire in athletics.
“He shared a lot of great stories about his time here, and I know he’s stayed in contact with a number of his players.”
Quenette, a multi-sport athlete at West Fargo High School and Concordia College in the 1940s and 50s, put together a 211-91 record as head coach of the Moorhead High School Spuds from 1967 to 1982.
After stepping down in 1982, he later returned as an assistant coach. He retired from coaching in 2005.
He is a member of the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame.
In October, he was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. today at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead.
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