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James Kretchman

 
 
James Kretchman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 24, 2017
1. James Kretchman Marker
Inscription.
James Kretchman is a native of Faulkton, S.D. He first started his Northern experience as a scholar athlete in the 1950's. While playing football under Coach Clark Swisher Coach Kretchman earned Little All-American honors and he is still amongst the top of the record books as Northern State. Coach Kretchman graduated with his Bachelor's degree in 1956 and a Master's degree in 1958 from NSU.

Coach Kretchman gained early coaching experience at the high school level as he coached at Clark, Leola, Webster, and Aberdeen Central. He gained college experience while a graduate assistant at Northern State and the University of Wyoming. Coach Kretchman earned his Doctorate at the University of Wyoming in 1967, and that same year he accepted a position as an assistant coach in football, wrestling and track at Northern.

In 1968 Coach Kretchman accepted the position of head football coach at Northern State from his former coach Clark Swisher. In his rookie season as head coach he guided the Wolves to a perfect record and his football teams went on to win 67 games in his 12 years as head coach. Coach Kretchman became the athletic director in 1980 and continued to coach until 1985. Coach retired from NSU in 1999.

Coach Kretchman received many awards and honors, including being inducted to NSU's athletic hall of fame
Wall of Honor image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 24, 2017
2. Wall of Honor
in 1976 and was named the alumni coach of the year in 1968. In the spring of 1989 Kretchman was named the NAIA District 12 Administrator of the Year in recognition of his work during the 1987-88 academic year. Coach Kretchman added another honor to his list of accomplishments in the spring of 1993 when he was inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Kretchman dedicated 32 years to higher education in South Dakota and has been an outstanding mentor and coach for countless student athletes that attended NSU. Coach Kretchman and his wife Bonnie, have three children, Jeff, Amy, and Jill.
 
Location. 45° 26.477′ N, 98° 27.332′ W. Marker is in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in Brown County. Marker can be reached from South Roosevelt Street 0.1 miles south of Melgaard Rd. Touch for map. This marker is located at the Swisher Field. Park at Aberdeen Central High School parking lot. Walk south to the field. Swisher Field is open during the school year during regular business hours. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 S Roosevelt St, Aberdeen SD 57401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Albert D. Sahli (here, next to this marker); Donald S. Reshetar (here, next to this marker); Clark Swisher (here, next to this marker); Swisher Field (within shouting distance of this marker); F.W. Sallet and the Dakota Freie Presse (approx. 1.2 miles away); Andrew Melgaard (approx. 1.3 miles away); Aberdeen, South Dakota Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); South Dakota Boy's State (approx. 1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aberdeen.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 30, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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