Detroit Lakes' Rob Nielsen to be inducted into Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Minnesota Football Coaches Association to honor longtime Detroit Lakes football coach and activities director

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Rob Nielsen was voted 2021 Region 8AA Activities Director of the Year by his peers. He was part of the provcess for Detroit Lakes High School building Lakeshirts Fieldhouse and adding the video board to Mollberg Field since taking the position in 2017.
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DETROIT LAKES – Detroit Lakes Activities Director Rob Nielsen will be inducted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Hall of Fame on Apr. 2 at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis.

Nielsen coached football for 28 seasons at Detroit Lakes High School as an assistant, with 18 of them were as the team's defensive coordinator. He also served as Detroit Lakes head track and Field coach for 13 years and assistant track coach for 10 years.

The Lakers went 231-65 with Nielsen on the staff and won four state championships in 1992, 1993, 1995 and 2001. The Lakers won 13 section championships and 10 conference championships during his time as a coach.

In 2005, Nielsen won the Butch Nash Award before coaching in the 2007 All-Star Game. He also won the Don Swanson Award in 2014 before being named Detroit Lakes' activities director a year later.

Nielsen graduated from Moorhead High School in 1985 and the University of North Dakota in 1989 with a B.S. in Education. He later received his Elementary Education certificate in 1991


from Concordia College in Moorhead.

Nielsen will be indicted with Mayer Lutheran's Dean Aurich, Grand Meadow's Gary Sloan, Northfield's Bubba Sullivan, Westbrook-Monticello's William White and St. John's University's Gary Fasching.

To purchase tickets to the event head to by Mar. 24.

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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