Two high-profile former Sioux Falls high school football coaches – Washington’s Brian Hermanson and Roosevelt’s Brent DeBeor – have been named to the 2016 hall of fame class, as voted on by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association.
Longtime Webster and Stanley County coach Leon Breske rounds out the three-coach class of inductees. The awards will be presented at the winter football coaching clinic in Sioux Falls in January.
Under Hermanson, the Warriors rattled off an unprecedented six-straight state championship appearances – winning three titles in his final four seasons. Hermanson was a Warrior assistant and served as defensive coordinator under DeBoer’s Rough Riders before taking on head coaching duties at Washington in 2005.
Hermanson resigned as Washington coach in 2013 to have more time to watch his son, Matt Hermanson, finish his football career at Montana.
The former South Dakota State defensive back and standout on Washington’s 1976 state championship team compiled a 47-3 record in his last four seasons at the Warriors’ helm. The Hermanson era saw 51 players go on to play college football, 22 of those signing with Division I programs – most notably the Farniok brothers Tom (Iowa State) and Derek (Oklahoma), and Nate Gerry (Washington).
Hermanson will join Jed Stugart’s staff at USF this season as a defensive backs coach, having served as defensive coordinator for the Sioux Falls Storm the past two seasons.
DeBoer, meanwhile, led the Rough Riders sideline in the program’s first 18 years until he retired in 2008. He compiled a 111-79 record, delivering back-to-back state championships in 2006 and ’07 after finishing runner-up to O’Gorman in 2004.
Under DeBoer, Roosevelt delivered the first state championship of the ‘AA’ era (est. 1981) for Sioux Falls public schools.
Breske, the third inductee of the 2016 class, retired in 2010 after over 30 years of coaching football, basketball and track and field at Stanley County, Bristol and Webster. Breske won a pair of ’11B’ state crowns with Webster in 2000 and ’03.
The SDFBCA also announced this week the recipients of the 30- and 40-year coaching awards. The 30-year coaches include Tom Culver (Avon), David Dolan (RC Central), Dan Evans (Centerville), Chris Jacobson (Watertown), Kent Mueller (West Central), Tom Price (O’Gorman), Dan Thelen (Huron), Robert Tiff (Redfield-Doland) and Bill Weber (Watertown).
Three coaches – Ron Estacion (RC Stevens), Frank Podraza (Hitchcock-Tulare) and Virg Polak (Watertown) – will be honored with 40-year awards. These coaches will be presented with awards at the state football championship at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.
Joe Salem (Sioux Falls) and Dale McElhany (Watertown) will receiver the state Friend of Football Awards, while Watertown’s Polak and Bill Weber will be honored with the Keepers of the Game Award.