Russ Holland spent over 30 years at Park Center as a Physical Education teacher and Coach from 1976-2007, and he was just recently inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Russ!
Here's an excerpt about Russ' wrestling career:
"Russ Holland attended Fridley High School, graduating in 1966. He began wrestling in the 8th grade. His record at Fridley High School was 78-6-1. He was 2nd in the state as a junior at 127 lbs. He won the state title at 133 lbs. as a senior and finished the season with a 30-0 record. Hall of Fame coach Don Meyers called Russ “the best athlete I ever coached at Fridley High School.” Russ continued his wrestling at the University of Northern Michigan, where he amassed a record of 92-7. He was a four-year captain and was an All-American (5th place) in the NCAA Div. II Championships at 158 lbs. in 1970. Upon graduating from college with a B.S. in Education, Russ began coaching in Ishpeming, Michigan. During the 1972-73 season, Russ coached his team to a 29-1-1 record. He had two state championship teams and twelve state champions. He was voted Michigan’s Coach of the Year in 1973. He coached at Flint Atherton in Michigan in 1974, and he began coaching at Minneapolis Roosevelt in 1975 as an assistant. He was the head coach at Park Center High School from 1976-1993 and from 1997-2007. His record there was 163-121-2. He had one state champion, nine state place winners, and sixty-seven state qualifiers. He was voted Minnesota State Coach of the Year in Class AAA in 2000. Russ ran the first 32-man B squad tournament at Park Center, and also the first 36 team dual meet at Park Center. He was the Region 5AA Coordinator for five years, and he also was a Region/Section Rep for five years. He served as the MWCA Membership Chair for five years as well. Russ officiated for 34 years, and he served as the Assignment Secretary for the Metro and Skyline Wrestling Officials Association for 28 years. He assisted with the MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament for ten years, and he officiated at the state tournament for one year. Russ has been subbing as well as coaching junior high wrestling and working as an assistant varsity coach for the past seven years in Pierz. Russ has been married to his wife Jill for 48 years. They have two kids, Erin (John) Woodman and Todd (Jenn) Russ and Jill also have six grandchildren: Cable, Conner, Chloe, Rylie, Larysa, and Cooper."