Ronald D Steckelberg was inducted into the Gayville-Volin Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 9.
Steckelberg, who graduated from Black Hills State College in 1968, taught and coached at Gayville-Volin Schools for 25 years. He taught business math classes and taught them with passion, earning the respect of staff, students and parents. Steckelberg never let the sports activities interfere with his teaching. He was selected to "Who's Who among American Teachers" five times (Less than 1 percent of teachers are selected more than once).
Steckelberg showed the same passion for his athletes when he was involved in sports activities. During his 25-year career, he worked with girls' and boys' track and field, girls' and boys' basketball, and girls' and boy's golf. His 1973 girls' track and field team won the Tri-Valley conference, and was Region Champions. He then coached the girls from 1981 to 1997 and the boys from 1992 to 1997.
Many of his student-athletes established school records. As an assistant basketball coach Steckelberg helped lead the girls' team to district trophies in 1980, '81 and '82. He would then serve as head coach until 1990 developing many fine student-athletes. As the girls' and boys' golf coach his teams won Tri-Valley conference titles in 2002 and the girls repeated in 2003.
Ron and his wife Pat have four children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is retired and works part-time for Vermillion Public Transit. In his retirement he and Pat love to travel, golf, fish and garden.