Concordia University, St. Paul head women's basketball coach Paul Fessler was inducted into the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony April 19 at Macalaster College.
"I was very surprised and honored by this recognition," said Fessler. "But it's really a tribute to those who have helped support me over the years: administrators, assistant coaches, obviously the talented athletes along with their families. Above all, something like this would not be possible without the love and support of my family."
Fessler has led the Golden Bears for 12 seasons, during which his teams have produced nine 20-plus win seasons, eight NCAA Tournament appearances, four NSIC Regular Season Championships, three NSIC Tournament titles and a pair trips to the Sweet 16.
He entered the 2011-12 season as the 14th-winningest active head coach at the NCAA Division II level and was ranked 47th in total wins at the NCAA DII level. After 12 seasons at Concordia, Fessler holds a 255-109 career record and a 152-66 mark in Northern Sun play.
Prior to becoming Concordia's seventh head women's basketball coach, Fessler led Anoka Ramsey Community College (ARCC) to three consecutive NJCAA Division III Championships. While head coach of the Golden Rams, Fessler led the team to a 101-18 overall record in four seasons, while finishing as National Runner-Up in his final season at ARCC in 2000 before taking the Concordia job. They held the No. 1 ranking in the nation from November of 1997 through January of 1999.
His first head coaching job brought him to Minnesota to St. Anthony Village High School in 1993. Taking over a program that had endured eight consecutive losing seasons, Fessler's teams churned out a 45-27 record in three years leading the Huskies.
He's been in Minnesota ever since, spending 19 years coaching at the high school, junior college and Division II ranks between his three positions at St. Anthony HS, ARCC and Concordia Univeristy.
Fessler is a 1988 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and a native of Sutherland, Iowa. He earned his master's degree from Concordia University in 2005 and resides in White Bear Lake with his wife, Shelly and their daughter, Jade.