Hartvick “Shocky” Strand
Inducted Saturday, October 4, 2008
Hartvick “Shocky” Strand grew up near Portland, N.D., graduating in 1940 from Portland High School. In high school, he was an all-state football player and an all-district basketball player. Strand graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, in 1944 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. At Concordia, he was all-conference and team captain in basketball, and he participated in football, track and baseball.
Strand served in the United States Navy and
attended Officer Candidate School in Plattsburg, N.Y., and Landing Barge School in Coronado, Calif. He served as an officer on the USS Napa from 1944-46. On Feb. 19, 1945, he led the third wave of barges onto Blue Beach, Iwo Jima, delivering wounded Marines to the hospital ships. Strand also participated in the invasion of Okinawa, Japan. He obtained the rank of lieutenant, junior grade.
Strand coached freshman football and basketball teams at Concordia. From 1947-48, Strand taught and coached at Elbow Lake, Minn. In 1948 his football team was undefeated.
In 1949 Strand began his teaching and coaching career at Moorhead High School. He was head coach for track from 1951-68. He had 17 straight district track titles, state track team titles in 1967 and 1968, and numerous track and field and cross country individual champions. Strand was head basketball coach for two state tournament teams in 1953 and 1967, and he was a charter member of the Minnesota High School Basketball Coaches Association. Strand retired with a basketball coaching record of 306-154.
Strand left teaching in 1968 to became vice president of Bob Fritz Sporting Goods from 1968-1982. He began coaching again at Moorhead High School in 1982. Most recently, he was the hurdle coach until retiring in 2001.
In 1994 Strand became a charter inductee into the Minnesota Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame, and he served in the Honor Guard of the American Legion in Moorhead.
Shocky is married to Evelyn Strand. They have six children, Susan, George, Kent, Sandra, Keith and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. Strand lives in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Update: Shocky Strand died on August 25, 2010, at age 87.