Two area natives inducted into Hall of Fame
Larry Krieg and Jon Fellows have a couple of things in common. They both grew up in Stevens County. They both graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris, in Morris, and they both had success in their years coaching high school sports. Now, both have been selected to their respective hall of fame for their coaching success.
Krieg was inducted into the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in April while Fellows will wait until October to be inducted into the Minnesota Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Krieg is a native of Alberta. He was a part of the final class of Alberta High School in 1967.
"A lot of people I knew were going (to UMM)," Krieg said why he chose the nearby university. "I looked at going elsewhere, but just wasn't interested in that."
As a sophomore at UMM, Krieg was given the opportunity to organize and run the intramural program. That is where he got his start in growing and managing a program.
"It really is," Krieg said. "That was really my sports career at UMM. Doing the intramurals and enjoy playing them myself."
He benefited from that UMM opportunity greatly at the start of his career at Elk River.
"Second week on the job at Elk River they handed me the youth football program," Krieg said. He also started the Elk River youth boys basketball program from scratch.
He coached the Elk River girls basketball team for eight seasons from 1997 to 2006 and finished with a record of 151-68. He was voted section coach of the year four times and state Class 4A Coach of the Year twice. His teams won five section championships with five trips to the state tournament, finishing second in 2001 and fourth in 1998.
Since retiring in 2006, Krieg has been active in the girls basketball community as a member of the Miss Basketball committee.
Fellows, a 1973 graduate of Morris High School, will be inducted into the Minnesota Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony Oct. 26, in Minneapolis.
Fellows was the head coach for the Ortonville Trojans for 34 years from 1985 to 2018. He ended with a career coaching record of 349-284, which included six Pheasant Conference championships and two Section 6A second-place trophies. He was selected Conference Coach of the Year five times and District Coach of the Year once.
Fellows also chose UMM for couple of reasons.
"It was a good school and being from Morris, I knew the students, instructors and coaches at UMM," Fellows said in an email response to the Stevens County Times.
At Morris High School, Fellows was coached by the area baseball legend and one of his biggest coaching influences, Don Chizek, which is who the high school varsity baseball field at Eagles Park is named after.
"My father, Don (Fellows), who was a guidance counselor at the high school for many years, and Don Chizek, the high school baseball coach in Morris for many years," Fellows said of his biggest influences as a coach.
For Krieg, losing his father at a young age made an impact on him growing up in Alberta.
"When I was young, because I lived on a farm and my father was killed when I was young, we were on our own a lot," Krieg said. "So we (played) sports and the people that we saw the most were the people that coached us. The head football coach and head basketball coach Frank Fredlund... Now he was somebody where (I remember thinking that) I liked the way he operated and that's what I would like to do... He was a great guy."
Fredlund later went on to coach at St. Peter High School.