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Grady Rostberg grew up in Gilby, then went on to become a high school coaching legend in Minnesota

Grady, and his son, Andy, will have the Hutchinson football stadium named after them

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Andy Rostberg and his father, Grady Rostberg, have collectively coached football at Hutchinson (Minn.) High School for the past 53 years. The school's football stadium will be renamed "Rostberg Stadium" in their honor on Friday, September 23, 2022.
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HUTCHINSON, Minn. – Grady Rostberg grew up in Gilby, playing six-man football for the Roughriders.

He then went to Mayville State, where he was a standout in football, basketball and baseball. He was inducted into the Mayville State athletic hall of fame in 1987.

In 1970, he began coaching high school football in Hutchinson, Minn., where he became a coaching legend. In 29 seasons, he compiled a record of 250-63-1. His teams won 17 conference titles, seven section championships and state titles in 1983, 1984 and 1988.

His son, Andy, took over the Hutchinson program in 1999 and to date his teams have won more than 200 games, including two state titles.

The Rostberg name has been linked to Hutchinson football for more than 50 years.


The Rostbegs will be honored on Friday night when the school’s football field will be renamed “Rostberg Stadium.”

“Generations of young men have played a part in writing their own chapter to the Hutchinson Tigers football legacy” said Bill Tschida, Hutchinson High School Athletics Director. “For the past five decades the Rostbergs have left a unique and indelible mark on the community and the dedication of Rostberg Stadium is a fitting way to recognize the family’s contributions.”

Grady, now 83, is still on the Hutchinson staff, assisting his son Andy.

The two were recently profiled by KARE TV in St. Paul.

“We always say, 'It's not what your son can do for Hutch football; it's what Hutch football can do for your son,'" Andy told KARE..

Added Grady about the dedication: “It's very meaningful. Yeah, I'd be lying if I didn't say that.”

Working together for all of those years has been special for the father-son coaching duo.

“He's my best friend,” said Andy of his father. “When I think of what I've done with my dad, football's a big part of it, but pretty little.”


Ironically, Hutchinson will host Becker the night the stadium is renamed after the Rostbergs. Becker head coach Dwight Lundeen — a man with a long, storied career himself — is entering his 53rd year leading his team.

When the teams meet on Friday night, there will be 106 years of Minnesota football head coaching experience on the field.

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Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.

He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.

He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.

Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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