Football: Elmer to receive Butch Nash Award

Ponies defensive coordinator Mark Elmer is slated to receive the Butch Nash Award at the MFCA Hall of Fame Banquet on April 6. (Gazette file photos)

Ponies defensive coordinator Mark Elmer is slated to receive the Butch Nash Award at the MFCA Hall of Fame Banquet on April 6. (Gazette file photos)

Stillwater defensive coordinator Mark Elmer will be among those honored at the Minnesota Football Coaches Association 49th Annual Football Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, April 6. Elmer is scheduled to receive the Butch Nash Outstanding Assistant Coach Award as part of the festivities, which also includes long-time former Ponies assistant coach Jerry Foley getting inducted into the MFCA Hall of Fame (See George Thole’s Thursday column for more on Foley).

Mark Elmer

Mark Elmer

Elmer will become the fifth Ponies coach to be honored with the Butch Nash Award, joining a list that includes Foley, Dennis Meyer, Donn Drommerhausen and Dick Klein. There are eight assistant coaches in Minnesota who receive the Butch Nash Award each year. This year’s other recipients include: John McEachern of Perham, Dave Larson of Hutchinson, Paul Ruud of Glencoe-Silver Lake, Roger Lindahl of Benson, Marc Achterkirch of Owatonna, Daren Sagedahl of BOLD and John Jensen of Rochester Lourdes.

“Stillwater defenses are well prepared, tackle and can be opportunistic,” said Ponies coach Beau LaBore, who nominated Elmer for the award. “Coach Elmer instills discipline, attention to detail, tenacity and love of the game and competition in our players.”

Joining Foley in this year’s induction class will be Gene Stritesky of Ogilvie, Steve Ott of Deer River, Ivan Kroulik of Kasson-Mantorville, Jerry Carlson of Cambridge and Don Seipkes of Ottertail Central.

Also at the banquet, LaBore will receive his plaque as the Suburban East Conference Coach of the Year for 2012.

The banquet will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis. Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased on-line at www.mnfootballcoaches.com. Reservations must be completed by April 2.

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