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Mattern was already an accomplished football coach with a 52-21 record and two North Dakota Class 3A state championships when he took on the Shanley football coaching job. He began his tenure at Sid Cichy stadium in 2017. His primary mission was to restore Shanley's status as the best football program in the state. To achieve this, Mattern knew he had to instill belief in the Shanley community that they were capable of competing at the highest levels in North Dakota.
During his first two years at Shanley, Mattern impressively compiled a 21-1 record. Under his guidance, the Deacons reached two state title games and clinched victory in 2019. With this momentum, Mattern aimed even higher. He spearheaded the move to elevate Shanley to the highest classification in North Dakota, even though this meant competing against schools that were 4 or 5 times larger. His leadership paid off when, in 2022, Shanley clinched a State Championship at this elevated level.
The long storied football coaching career of Rod Oksendahl included a six year stint at the Shanley helm, winning 56 gams. Oksendahl guided Shanley to a North Dakota Class 2A state title in 2012
Shanley combined to go 3-16 in Laqua's first two seasons. The Deacons moved from Class 3A to Class 2A in 2009 and had a record of 22-2 en route to titles the last two years.
Dale Hammerschmidt was nearly ready to abandon his dream of being a head high school football coach. Then Fargo Shanley called. "The more we talked, the more I liked it," Hammerschmidt said. I wasn't looking, but it's always been a dream of mine to be a head high school football coach." Hammerschmidt, who played football for the Bison from 1980-1984 lead the Shanley Deacons from 2004-2006 and won 5 games in his brief stint.
The former Bison quarterback was set to join the NDSU staff as a graduate assistant in 1999 when he was approached by Sid Cichy, the legendary Fargo Shanley football coach. "Coach Cichy approached me about the Shanley job. We talked in his car right after I had just finished football practice. I still had my pads on" And so it was. Feeney coached the Deacons for five years and won 15 football games. In his last season he lead the Deacons to the EDC playoffs and was named EDC Coach of the year.
A Shanley graduate, having played Football for Sid Cichy from 1971-74, Eldred replaced Bruce Larson as head coach in 1987. Eldred ended his run at Shanley as the second longest tenured football coach and a victory total of 49. Famed Shanley Alumnus Angie Welle had this to say upon Eldred's departure. "My only regret is that I didn't get to play football, then I would have gotten to play for Coach Eldred."
Bruce Larson led the Shanley football program for nine years, winning 67 games and a 71% winning percentage. Second only to Sid Cichy. Larson's teams reach the state finals three times, winning state titles twice, in 1981 and 1983.
A Shanley graduate who played for Cichy in 1964 summed up the coaching legend, who won 229 games and 19 North Dakota high school state titles.
"We just had so much dedication for what he stood for," "If he told us the sun wasn't going to come up tomorrow, we would buy flashlights."
Leo Lacher coached a single season. The Deacons had their best year in Class A competition winning 2, losing 1, and tying 1
“Jerry” Moriarty gathered the boys together on September 1, 1945 for
his first practice as head coach. There were nine returning lettermen to bolster up the squad. After a grueling practice for two weeks, they played their first game on September 14, against their old rivals—Fargo Hi Midgets.
Alumnus of Mayville Teachers College and St. Mary’s High School of Bismarck, and also the present sportscaster for WDAY. “Ted” with his new squad and new is really the word for it. With only one veteran to count on and a score of green but ambitious underclassmen, he began practice September 8. After the team drilled for a week, the season was started with a 27-0 win for Fargo High (Class A Champs), with the Midgets receiving two very cheap touchdowns.
Winning seven out of nine games, the Sacred Heart football team, under a new coach and new system, chalked up its second consecutive N. D. Class B Championship.
With a week's practice under their belts, Coach Callahan, a former St. John's athlete, tried out the Notre Dame system of a T formation against a strong St. Cloud Cathedral team—the score 18-0 for the St. Clouders.
Organized Athletics began at Sacred Heart Academy in the fall of 1934, when, through the intercession of Fathers Shannon and Ryan, Howard Ruegamer was secured as coach. At that time a number of uniforms was purchased from Jamestown. No games were scheduled how-
ever, and the time was used in drilling the players in the fundamentals of the game and preparing them for the coming seasons.