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Graeagle golfer inducted into the NIAA Hall of Fame

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth


Graeagle Men’s Golf Association

Dan Anderson of Graeagle Men’s Golf Association was inducted into the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) Hall of Fame on Sept. 11, 2021. Photo submitted

GMGA member Dan Anderson was the first of four 2021 coach inductees into the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) Hall of Fame on Sept. 11, 2021. Dan was recognized for his 38 years of coaching at the high school level (Eureka, Sparks, Hug and Reno High Schools), and 48 years of “top notch” officiating of high school sports for Northern Nevada Officials Association. Per NIAA, Dan “has been described by coaching and officiating colleagues alike as being an innovator and excellent leader. Anderson was someone who raised the bar of professionalism and mentoring.”

Dan was also recognized for his own athletic accomplishments, both at the high school and college level. In high school (Sparks High School) he was all-State First Team on offense and defense in football, and all-Conference in baseball; he also served as Student Body President his senior year. Dan’s college career was at the University of Nevada Reno, where he played football on an athletic scholarship, and served as Senior Class President, graduating with a degree in mathematics.

Dan then went on to teach and coach football, track and field, cross country and basketball at several high schools in the Reno/Sparks area, taking both his boys’ and girls’ teams to several Conference and State Championships. Dan served as President of the Northern Nevada Track and Cross-Country Coaches Association from 2002 through 2007 and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2013, he was inducted into the Hug High School Hall of Fame. Dan served as President of the Northern Nevada Football Coaches Association, and then as Commissioner, for 13 years.

Dan also served on several high school sports rules committees, both State and National. And, in 2004, he was appointed to represent the Western states on an eight-person editorial committee to help write new football rules.

Dan and Holly, his wife of 42 years and an athlete herself, both retired from teaching in 2006 and moved to their second home in Graeagle, CA, but Dan continued to officiate high school football until his retirement.

“On a personal note, a few years ago I was watching a high school football game televised from Reno, when I noticed the official running stride for stride with the high school running back, and realized it was my friend Dan Anderson,” said Norm Miller of GMGA.

Graeagle Meadows Women’s Golf Club

Eighteen GMWGC members competed on June 30th in the “4 Gals/2 Best Balls (net)” team competition. Congratulations to the First Place winning team of Patti Davin, Suzie Wiese, Cathy Macdonald and Cathe Franck, with a team score of 129. The Second Place team was Mikie Burdick, Dee Walker, Beth Yuill and a blind draw with a score of 130. While the number of players was reduced due to many expecting company for the big July 4th weekend, Mother Nature was kind and provided the lady players with a lovely day for golf. And everyone knows that good weather and good company are the most important two out of three on the golf course; good golf is a bonus.

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