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Coach Glenn Mattke

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Glenn Mattke, 67, of Marshall died Tuesday, December 17, 1996 at his home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from First Lutheran Church in Marshall with burial in the city cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, with a prayer service and Fellowship Gathering at 7 p.m., and will continue from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. at the Rehkamp Funeral Home in Marshall. Memories are preferred to the Glenn Mattke Scholarship Fund at SSU or Prairie Home Hospice.

Glenn Jerald Mattke was born January 20, 1929 in Morgan to William and Theolinda (Ott) Mattke.

He attending school in Morton where he excelled in basketball. Glenn served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 until 1949. On June 9, 1951, Glenn married Darlene Hustad in Echo. He was employed as a teacher and an administrator for the Marshall Public Schools and Southwest State University. Glenn coached the Marshall High School boys’ basketball team to the 1963 State Basketball Tournament. He was the first men’s basketball coach at SSU, coaching two seasons. Glenn also coached men’s golf, baseball, and women’s softball. He served as Associate Athletic Director at SSU from 1967 to 1970 and as Athletic Director from 1970 to 1985. In 1986, Glenn was among the 19 charter members enshrined in the Northern Intercollegiate Conference’s Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife Darlene of Marshall; sons James of Stoughton, Wis., Thomas of Auburn, Ala. and Mark of Owatonna; a brother William of Circle Pines; and sisters Renetta Friberg of Montevideo, Marily Schlict of Logan, Iowa and Jacke McFarland of Chicago, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Mattke was competitive, compassionate. Excerpted from the published article in the Redwood Gazette on Monday, December 23, 1996 by Sports Editor Wayne Cook.

Dean Tate, former coach and athletic director at Morton, has fond memories of Mattke. “He was at Gustavus (Adolphus) when I cam to Morton,” Tate said. Born in Morgon, Mattke then moved with his family to Morton in 1930. Many times he graced the pages of the Redwood Gazette sports pages, as the leading scorer in basketball. Mattke led the Morton Indians to the District 10 championship in 1945 and into Region III competition — for the first time since the 1920’s (1920, 1921 and 1924, records show). Mattke then went on to gain a starting position at guard at Gustavus — after having transferred from the University of Minnesota — where he played for the late coach, Gus Young. Tate said Mattke was an outstanding student/athlete (also excelling in baseball) and an understanding man as a coach. Tate became associated with Mattke during his playing day at Gustavus Adolphus College and his visits to his hometown. Mattke’s sister, Jacke, was one a cheerleader at Morton.

Glenn Mattke put Morton basketball on the map with his scoring. And he did likewise for Marshall High School by coaching it to the 1963 state title. It was during the heyday of the one-class tournament, and the Tigers defeated Cloquet at the finals by a score of 75-74.

Editor’s Note: I knew of Coach Mattke years before starting to work at the Renville County Historical Society as my husband, Steve Elzenga, told me stories about his during his college years at Southwest State University (1983-1987). I always think it is interesting how many ties I had to Renville County prior to my February 2015 start.