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Holmberg receives Breaking Barriers Award

Mary Holmberg received the 2013 Breaking Barriers Award at the 27th Annual Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day, Wednesday at the Minnesota State Capitol.

She is pictured with Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve (left). Reeve was on hand to receive a Special Merit Award at the same event.

Holmberg has coached the Tiger softball team since starting the program in 1980. Along the way, she has racked up 482 wins, taking the Tigers to six state tournaments.

Holmberg also coached girls’ basketball at various levels, starting as an assistant coach in 1979.

As Morris Area’s Athletic Director for 17 years, Holmberg helped get the girls’ swimming and diving and Morris Benson Area girls’ hockey programs started.

She also served as the Minnesota State High School League 6AA Athletic Director Representative. She has been a member of several MSHSL advisory committees.

She was named the Morris Area Teacher of the Year and Region 6AA Athletic Director of the Year.  

For many years, Holmberg worked with Marv Meyer as Special Olympics coaches and organizers.

Holmberg credits Morris Principal Wally Behm and Superintendent Fred Switzer for their help in getting the softball program going. She is also grateful to former athletic directors Truman Carlson, Bob Mulder, and Mike Martin. She appreciates the assistance given by Superintendent Dennis Rettke, who hired her as AD, and current Superintendent Scott Monson. Mark Ekren took over when she stepped down as athletic director and nominated Holmberg for the award.