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Duane Counsell - UW-Stevens Point

03/01/2008, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network


Duaine was born on July 9, 1924, in Wisconsin Dells, the son of Kenneth and Priscilla Counsell. His father was also his high school coach.

He attended Wisconsin Dells schools, graduating in 1942. He was an honor student and participated in football and basketball winning eight varsity letters. He was all-conference in football and basketball for two years and was conference scoring champion in basketball his senior year. He was a member of the 1942 state basketball Consolation champions.

Upon graduating, he entered the U.S. Army during World War II and received two presidential citations, a purple heart, a bronze star, and the good conduct medal. After the war he attended UW-Stevens Point from 1946-49 playing football under Hale Quandt. Duaine's high school career started as head football coach at Wisconsin Dells High from 1949-55 and at West Allis Central in 1956. He won the conference championship at the Dells in 1951 and was named Coach of the Year. His record in high school was 46-15. He also coached basketball, track and baseball.

He received his Masters Degree in Education in 1956 from UW-Madison and replaced Hale Quandt as head football coach in 1957 at Stevens Point. He coached football from 1957­65, 1967-68 with a conference championship in 1961. His record was 56-33-4. He also coached baseball from 1961-64 winning two conference championships. His record was 40-14. He was also assistant basketball coach under Hale Quandt.

Duaine was on the physical education staff at Stevens Point from 1957 until his retirement in 1988. He was awarded the status of Associate Professor Emeritus in 1989. He was inducted into the UW-Stevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980 and to the Wisconsin Dells Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

During the off season he officiated both football and basketball. He worked nine state basketball tournaments during his officiating years.

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