St. PAUL, Minn. - Calumet native and Sutherland High graduate Paul Fessler has been inducted into the Minnesota Coaches Hall of Fame.
Fessler, named interim women's head coach at University of Concordia-St. Paul in 2000, inherited a program that struggled to post double digit wins in a season for nearly a decade. In his first season, Fessler guided the Golden Bears to a 12-win season as CU was the suprise of the Northern Sun Conference.
After defeating perennial power Minnesota Duluth for the first time in 23 years, Fessler was named permanent head coach following that victory in 2001. Fessler guided the Golden Bears to six straight NCAA Tournament berths.
In 2008, the team nearly swept the NSIC post-season awards taking Co-players of the year, Defensive Player of the year and Fessler nabbing his second straight NSIC Coach of the Year honor.
A Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was held at Macalester College-St. Paul. Fessler was introduced by former colleague Gary Rufsvold, head women's basketball coach at St. Kate's, as an intense, dedicated, winning tradition coach.
Fessler's name will be added to the Plaque of Inductees which is on display at the Timberwolves/Lynx Target Center.
Paul resides in White Bear Lake, Minn. with his wife, the former Shelly Rehder, and daughter Jade.
Paul is the son of Shirley and the late Carl Fessler of Calumet, and the son-in-law of Darrell and Sandra Rehder of Primghar.