Coach Culver inducted into coachesâ�?�? hall of fame By Parker Knox
Sportswriter The South Dakota Football Coaches Association recognized Gary Culver, head football coach at Vermillion High School, as an SDFBCA Hall of Fame inductee at halftime of the Class 11A championship game at the DakotaDome on Nov. 14. Recognized along with Culver were the other two Hall of Fame inductees, Jon Mitchell of Parkston and Virg Polak of Watertown. Culver, the all-time winningest coach at VHS, just completed his 32nd year at the helm of the Tanager football program.�? He has led the Tanagers to five state championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 1999), one state runner-up (1981), 10 regional championships and 12 Big Eight Conference championships during his tenure. Culver, with an overall record of 192-129 and a playoff record of 39-19, ranks third on the all-time career coaching record list among active coaches in South Dakota.�? Steve Kueter, Sioux Falls O'Gorman, and Arlin Likness, Yankton, rank first and second, respectively, among active coaches. â�?�?Im certainly humbled by this honor presented by the SDFBCA.�? Itâ�?�?s always a privilege to be recognized by a group of your peers in this business of coaching,â�? Culver said. â�?�?This honor is truly a reflection of the outstanding student-athletes Iâ�?�?ve had the opportunity to coach at Vermillion High School as well as a tremendous group of assistant coaches Iâ�?�?ve been blessed to have on my staff through the years.�? Also the great support from the administration, school board, community and my family have played a huge role in the success of the Tanager football program during my tenure.�? I really want to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone for this honor,â�? Culver stated. The induction ceremony for Culver, Mitchell and Polak will take place at the SDFBCA Winter Football Clinic on Jan. 31 in Sioux Falls.