Inducted Saturday, September 26, 2009
Ron Gadberry graduated from Hillsboro (N.D.) High School in 1954 where he lettered in football, baseball and track. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in biology from Concordia College, Moorhead, in 1958 and a master’s degree in physical education and education from South Dakota State University, Brookings, in 1962.
Gadberry’s education career spanned 48 years. He taught for three years in Storden, Minn., where he coached football. After serving as a graduate assistant at SDSU for one year, Gadberry moved to Breckenridge, Minn, where he taught for one year. Then he spent 19 years as a physical education and health teacher and coach in Moorhead followed by 24 years of teaching and coaching in Hillsboro, N.D. Gadberry has 45 years of coaching experience, including baseball, basketball, football, track and 40 years as a wrestling coach.
While at Moorhead High School, Gadberry served as assistant wrestling coach for one year and then was the head wrestling coach for 18 years. During that time, the Moorhead wrestling team won 207 duals, nine district championships, six subregional championships and nine regional championships, including seven consecutive regional championships from 1975 to 1981. During Gadberry’s tenure there were 49 state qualifiers, four state individual champions, two runners-up, and 11 placewinners. Several wrestlers competed at the college level, earning two national championships and seven college All-Americans.
Gadberry was named Minnesota Regional Coach of the Year four times, and he was selected for both the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996. He was selected for the Hillsboro Public School Hall of Fame in 2006. Gadberry was nominated five times for national Wresting Coach of the Year and was a finalist in both 2000 and 2003. Besides his involvement with wrestling, Gadberry has been active with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Kiwanis.
Ron and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for 51 years. They live in Fargo, North Dakota, and are the parents of five children, Barbara, Dean, Jon, Mark and Karen, and have 11 grandchildren.