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Coach Irsfeld inducted into Hall of Fame


by Karin L. Nauber

Mary Irsfeld is known under many titles: coach, teacher, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, teammate.

On October 12, Mary “Doc” (Day) Irsfeld added another laurel when she was inducted into the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) Athletics Hall of Fame.

CSS began an athletic hall of fame eight years ago.

It would be easy to look at one of Irsfeld’s achievements or titles and judge her by that, but because of all of the “hats” she wears, this diverse lady has become a part of not only St. Scholastica’s history, but also a part of Browerville’s history where she  currently teaches the fourth grade and coaches volleyball (head coach) and softball (assistant coach).

She has been in Browerville for the past 26 years.

“I had also coached basketball, but I decided after my first son was born that it would be too much to coach all three sports,” said Irsfeld.

Irsfeld was known as “Doc” at CSS where she was a three sport player—volleyball, women’s basketball and softball from 1989-1992.

According to her friend, former teammate and coach Stacy Deadrick (quotes spoken at the induction ceremony), “Doc was a rare three-sport standout in her three years as a Saint.” 

Irsfeld was an NAIA All-District selection in volleyball in 1991 and a NAIA All-District selection in basketball for the 1991-92 season.

“Additionally, Doc was a two-time NAIA All-District choice in softball for the 1990 and 1991 seasons,” said Deadrick.

“I had the privilege of playing basketball with Doc for two seasons and I was her assistant coach during her senior year. That unique opportunity gave me some of the most memorable moments I have during my time at CSS,” said Deadrick. . . .

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