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Richard "Dick" Hietpas - Assistant coach - Green Bay Premontre / Seymour / Notre Dame

03/01/2000, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

Inducted in 2000

Dick graduated from St. John High School in Little Chute, Wisconsin, in 1959. In 1963 he graduated from St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. In 1972, Dick earned his Master of Arts in Mathematics from Northern Michigan University and in 1995 completed his Principals Licensing Program at Marian College.

In high school, Dick participated and lettered in football, basketball and track. His hustle and hard work earned him the award of All-Conference Tackle as a senior in 1959. However, his college career was cut short by a knee injury after competing in track, wrestling and football as a freshman at St. Joseph's College in Indiana.

Dick's assistant coaching career began in 1962 at St. John High School. It continued at Premontre High School from 1963 to 1974. He resumed his role as assistant coach at Seymour High School from 1985 to 1988 and at Notre Dame Academy from 1989 to present.

His coaching career also included a position as head coach from 1976 to 1983 at Premontre High School.

Besides football, Dick has also coached several other sports. Dick was assistant track coach for shot-put and discus at Premontre High School from 1964 to 1967 and 1978-1983, and at Notre Dame Academy from 1993 to present. As head track coach at Premontre High School from 1968-1974 and 1976-1978, his team won the State Championship in 1969. In his career as track coach, Dick coached three state champions in shot put, five state champions in discus and coached the present state record holder in discus.

From 1985 to 1988 Dick was assistant softball coach at St. Joseph Academy. His record was 86-4 including a State Runner-Up in 1986 and State Championships in 1987 and 1988.

In his endless coaching career, his football accomplishments include a record of 181 wins, 86 losses and 2 ties as assistant coach, and 50 wins and 27 losses as head coach. His total career record is 231 wins, 113 losses and 2 ties with 2 undefeated seasons. His teams have earned 9 conference championships as assistant coach and three as head coach, 12 state qualifiers and 4 state runner-ups. He has coached 3 High School All American Linemen. As an assistant, Dick’s teams won three state championships (1970 Premontre, 1985 Seymour, 1992 Notre Dame Academy) and in 1978 Premontre won the state championship with Coach Hietpas as head coach.

Along with coaching, Dick has also worked in teaching since 1963. He taught mathematics at Premontre High School from 1963 to 1979 and 1985 to 1986, and at Notre Dame Academy from 1994 to present. He was Dean of Students at Premontre High School from 1979 to 1985 and 1987 to 1989 and Assistant Principal of Academics at Notre Dame Academy from 1990 to 1994.

Additional awards and honors include the following: Member National Council Mathematics Teachers; NCEA; WFCA; District Rep. WFCA 1998-2000 Conference and District Assistant Coach of the Year 1999; Conference Coach of the Year; Metro Coach of the Year; Channel 5 Coach of the Year 1978

Tag(s): Hall of Fame