Robert C. Hoisington '50

2005 Distinguished Citizen Award

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Robert Hoisington is a highly respected man in Minnesota sports history. While earning his degree in mathematics and education at Macalester, he lettered in track and cross country, and the college won three MIAC Championships during his tenure. While teaching at Windom, Minn., Bob met his future wife, Jean Meyer ’50. After three years of Army service and earning his M.Ed. at the University of Minnesota, Bob began 30 years of teaching and coaching at Central and Southwest High Schools in Minneapolis. He coached seven Minnesota State High School teams and 36 individuals to track and field and cross country championships, and was named Coach of the Year for Minneapolis seven times, and for Minnesota, five times.

Since retiring in 1983, Bob serves on the MSHSL games committee and as head rules interpreter. He is recognized as a referee/starter (NCAA/NFHS/ USATF). WCCO-TV gave him its Home Town Hero award for his work as site manager for the annual Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance 5K Run/ Walk. Hoisington has been inducted into eight Halls of Fame, including the Macalester M Club. "It’s a pleasure and honor to work with Bob on the M Club Board of Directors," says M Club President Steve Cox. "His keen sense of humor combined with his care and concern for Macalester makes every M Club event all the better because he is there."

Hoisington is quick to credit others, particularly his mother, who raised three young boys after his father’s early death. He credits his work ethic to her, several pastors, high school coaches, Macalester Coach David Primrose and the young inner-city athletes whose lives he helped mold. He is most grateful to his devoted wife Jean, their children and grandchildren.