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Athletic Hall of Fame - 2011

Al Wolden

Bemidji State University 1988 Graduate

Al Wolden graduated from Bemidji State in 1988 with a degree in physical education. While at BSU, Al was a four year letter winner in football. As a running back, Al had a single season high of 1,452 yards rushing and a career total of 3,790 all purpose yards. He had 37 career touchdowns and in his senior year was selected All-Conference, All-District 13, All-American and the Bemidji Pioneer College Athlete of the Year.  Al also was a three year letter winner on the track and field team, excelling in the high jump and long jump, holding the BSU long jump title for eight years.  Upon graduation, Al continued with football, signing a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears. The following year, Al signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets, but was released prior to the start of the season.  Returning to Bemidji, Al began his teaching and coaching career at Cass Lake Bena High School, where he spent nine years teaching physical education and coaching football, basketball and track. Three of his track and field teams participated in the state meet during consecutive years in the early 1990's. In 1999, Al accepted a position at Red Lake High School, where he continues to teach physical education today. Al lives in Bemidji with his wife Jackie and their two young sons, Hunter and Tanner.