Ness, Chuck - Coach 1980-1997

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    Chuck served as head hockey coach at Grand Forks Central from 1980-1997, and during that time oversaw one of the most successful periods in the storied tradition of GFC hockey.  In addition to state championships in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1993, and 1995, his teams were consistent participants in the state tournament and had numerous appearances in the finals.

    A native of Duluth and a graduate of Duluth Central High School, Chuck was a standout all-around athlete with acclaim in football and hockey.  Nominated as one of the top 100 players in Minnesota high school hockey history, Chuck attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and graduated in 1973.  He began his coaching career after playing two seasons of professional hockey with the Dallas Black Hawks.  The two time North Dakota Hockey Coach of the Year coached at Grafton before arriving at Grand Forks Central, and at Duluth Central after leaving Grand Forks in 1997.

    Chuck had this to say about his induction into the GFC Hall of Fame. “Grand Forks Central was a great place to teach and coach. The Physical Education staff was terrific and always so supportive. The assistant coaches who worked with me were the best.  We always had talented players who were willing to work hard to be successful. I am honored to be inducted into the Grand Forks Central Athletic Hall of Fame. To be selected to join the elite list of previous inductees is very special. There were many people who were involved in the hockey program who share this recognition with me. To all of them I say, thank you!”