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S: They Call Me Coach: Coach "Wild" Bill Lundberg

FC: They Call Me Coach Coach "Wild" Bill Lundberg

1: Coach, While the official press release of your accomplishments is certainly impressive, it speaks nothing of the your most important accomplishment; the enormous positive impact you have had on so many people. Upon learning about your retirement, we wanted to connect with as many Charger alumni as possible to do something special for you. Adequately thanking you and conveying what you have meant to so people is not an easy task! So we emailed, called, and talked to a lot of people to put together this scrapbook. As you read the following pages you will see but a glimpse of the multitude of lives you have touched through coaching, teaching, preaching, guiding, mentoring and living a life filled with purpose. It is hard to express in words exactly what your career has meant to us as individuals, only that the impact is wide reaching and profound. We hope you enjoy this scrapbook as much as we have enjoyed being a part of your coaching career. It is safe to say we speak not only for ourselves, but for countless other alumni, coaches, small hole-in-the-wall deli owners, co-workers, and random people who you have meet and touched throughout the years. Thanks for everything and FIRE UP! Lewis Butler & Nick Liversedge "3, 2, 1.... AND WE'RE ROLLING..." | Forward

2: Coach Lundberg will go down as a successful and one of the longest-tenured head coaches in the nearly 120-year history of athletics at Hillsdale College. A man who shaped and defined track and field at the college for a quarter-century carries with him the knowledge, enthusiasm and love that have endeared him to multiple generations of student-athletes. Lundberg began his coaching career at Hillsdale in February 1985, starting out leading the menÂ’s track and cross country programs. WomenÂ’s track and cross country coaching duties were added to his responsibilities on two occasions, including each year since the start of the 2003-04 season. His teams have enjoyed great success, winning 25 conference championships while making a smooth and successful transition from NAIA status to NCAA Division II classification. HeÂ’s guided the careers of 17 NCAA and NAIA national champions, and more than 200 Academic and Athletic All-Americans. In the 2009-10 school year alone, 10 different track and field and cross country athletes earned All-American honors. Coach of the Year honors surround Coach Lundberg. He was named the 1994 NAIA national coach of the year, and earned a total of 22 GLIAC Coach of the Year honors throughout his career guiding the ChargersÂ’ cross country, indoor track and outdoor track programs. His teams captured 23 conference championships among those three sports during his coaching tenure. His coaching career began at Jackson Community College in 1977, when he became the youngest track coach of any college-level track program in the nation. He then moved on to assistant coaching positions at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan before being hired to Hillsdale College by former Athletic Director Jack McAvoy in 1985. | Official Press Release

4: Gary Wolfram "Honorary Lifetime Member" of the Hillsdale Track and Cross Teams/Professor of Economics | Favorite Quote: "It's a wonderful day to be a Charger." | Favorite Memory: On my 50th birthday I ran with the team at Bankers golf course. Coach took some of the runners in the van back and left me to run back with a couple of seniors. Little did I know that he went to the store on the way back, bought some birthday balloons and cake, and when I made it back to the gym he had put together a | birthday surprise party for me. That is vintage coach--always thinking of others and going beyond the norm to make someone else feel wanted and loved. What I Learned from Coach Lundberg: Talent is less important than heart. | Gary's 50th Birthday

5: Paul Aufdemberge '87 | Favorite quote: Bill was always eager to spread the word about Hillsdale and his track and cross country teams. "Let me tell you what we're about..." would be followed by coach's summary about Hillsdale College to those we met on our travels. | A few favorite memories:In '85, Bill walking onto our team bus and being introduced to us for the first time as the new Charger track coach; Bill goofing around with his old friend, Olympian Jim Ryun, when Jim came to Hillsdale in the summer of '86; Coach leading us to the GLIAC cross country championship in '86. Life lesson coach taught me: Bill always kept running fun and in perspective. His leadership helped me to grow in faith and knowledge as well as athletically. Thanks, Bill for your caring contributions to my life and to so many others.

6: Ben Adler - Class of 1993 Favorite Quotes "The will to win is only as good as the will to prepare to win". A few of us would meet with Coach weekly to discuss the training as we approached the National Cross Country Championships in 1992. What a season! "Cowards never start, the weak die along the way and only the strong will survive". As a junior college transfer who was thankful for Coach Lundberg taking a chance on me, I always wanted to prove to him that I was a survivor. Coach...I can't thank you enough for all you have done for me!

7: I'll never forget the conversations Coach and I would have after every race. Good, bad or ugly he was always there to suport me, provide the "play-by-play" and fire me up for the next race. | Coach wouldn't go anywhere without his video camera. He treated it like a piece of clothing that went with him everywhere he did.

8: It wasn't about a trophy or some glory. It was always about "Us." All the hand-shake-hugs and love that nobody can every reproduce. It was real and it was "Coach" His family, God, the Hillsdale Chargers and all of his teams were number "1" (See bottom photo.) You are the man "Coach!" Fire up! Carney | Tom Carney'1993 The way that I look at things then and now have changed forever because of "Coach." He taught me not to do anything without passion and enthusiasm. I have often said to my runners now, "You cannot ration passion." "Coach" did this for all of us. He taught me to me to be a competitor and to size up the competition. (Like the photo at Notre Dame in 1991). He loves cross country and track and has spent so much of his life in providing countless memories for his athletes; from the hard turns of the indoor track to the endless "Motor City Shakedown" on Cronk Rd.Indeed, those days have passed now but "Coach" taught me to hang on during a race and in life. (Like this photo from N.A.I.A. Nationals in British Columbia 1992.) In reality, there is not a favorite memory or a quote that I can remember from Coach. It was everything that happened in those days at Hillsdale.

10: Favorite Coach Memory: There are endless numbers of them. But I think probably the fact that he placed Faith and Family atop ALL priorities. "CC Billy" as he was affectionately referred to at the University of Kansas (for | ALWAYS having the "new" running gear, Sound familiar?) treated each and every athlete like his own family member, using his faith to pass on many enduring values that have helped so many of us become better men, women, husbands, and wives, fathers and mothers. | Rich Chriscinske and Jaime Dudash! at the 1993 NAIA District 23 Championships | '92 NAIA National Runner=up Team, FIVE All-Americans | 1992 Team Looking Hungry Before National Meet Showdown in Kenosha, Wisconsin | 1993 Team Captains amass 20+ Athletic & Academic All-American Honors and 3 National Titles . . . | Jaime Dudash Class of 1994

11: Favorite Coach Quote: Besides the "Hey there fella . . . ." It would have to be one which I heard once about commitment. In dealing with an athlete whose commitment had waned a bit, Coach lovingly said, "Are you with me? The athlete inaudible response was probably a "yeah" and Coach said "No you're NOT! Now Get with me. Coach always wanted your best and never wanted excuses about why things would get in the way of excellence. I've always appreciated that he taught us to have the utmost passion and commitment to our teammates and to be here, in the moment! The One (Countless ONES) Thing I Learned from Coach was: Humility, Faith, Love, Loyalty, Charger Pride, Passion, Commitment, and that "People are the Place." Long after the Cannon has sounded and after the van is cleaned out, Coach taught me to go the Extra Mile in EVERYTHING. It''s paid off in EVERY facet of my professional and personal life. Thank YOU Always Coach Lundberg, Mrs. Coach Sharon, Steven, Katie, and Thomas. Sincerely, Jaime David Dudash, Class of 1994 | Jaime Dudash- 1994 NAIA District Champion Indoor 5000m-Jesse Philips Arena Record | '92 GLIAC Champion and NAIA Cross Country All-American, Captain Ben Adler | The | The Four Horsemen- 1993 Top Returners from '92 Squad! | 1994 NAIA Indoor National Championships- Hillsdale College qualifies five runners in the 3-mile, FOUR make the final race (out of 8), Jaime Dudash 6th, Aaron Prussian 5th Make the Podium! | 1993 Squad- NAIA National Championship 3rd place Team- Three All-Americans

13: Aaron Prussian, '94 Its difficult to remember any one quote from Coach that stands out. Of course "...fire up, chargers!" is a classic and occasionally still rings in my ears on long runs. Favorite Story: (There's so many!) Chasing Lundberg through the pouring rain and lightning on a post-race run in Mackinaw City, soaked and nearly sprinting, trying to run through every puddle he could find, and loving it. Or, repeat miles on the golf course, chasing Coach in a golf cart while he's yelling splits through a bull horn. Those were great workouts! What I really remember most about running for Coach was his commitment to his teams, and how he expected the same from his runners. There was rarely a day that he didn't come into the locker room all fired up and rarin' to go, ready to see what we were made of that day. It was impossible not to give everything you had everyday, mostly because you knew he was there for you. Its something I've tried to emmulate in my life, and I can thank Coach for it. All the best in your retirement, Coach. Fire up, and Go Chargers! - AP

14: Jay & Joy (Wright) Hilscher Class of 1996 "It's always a great day to be a Charger."

15: Favorite Memory: We could always count on you to be energetic and passionate! Jay remembers how you chased him around and cheered for him at Azusa Pacific as he ran his first ever marathon at the NAIA Nationals meet. My favorite memory is standing on the line at an indoor track meet and glancing around at the other competitors on the line. I realized they were some of the best, and I felt like I couldn't compete with them and certainly should have been in the previous heat. I finally caught your eyes right before the gun went off and asked, "Coach, what time did you enter me at?!" You just smiled, ignored my question, and replied, "You'll do great!" I appreciated your enthusiasm and belief in me as a runner as well as your compassion when I was injured. One thing we learned from you that we carried into our own coaching is that runners will only be as passionate and excited about their running as their coach. We imitate what we have been taught! Coach Lundberg, thanks so much for the time you invested in us! | NAIA Indoor Finals, Kansas City

17: Jon Cook, Class of '98 Favorite Quote: Anything where coach was getting "FIRED UP!" for example "BOBSTED YOU GET BACK HERE!" Favorite Coach Memory: Sitting in the pre-meet "War Room" with coach drawing the "Hillsdale #1 Hand". Also, the endless enthusiasm and amazing memory for details (ie. names of family members years later) | One thing I learned from Coach: If the driver is getting sleepy, maybe it's time to step up and drive for awhile! **That is Coach waving on the boat above, by the way!

18: Coach, We have appreciated your continued presence in our lives - from recruiter, to coach, to teacher, to mentor, to colleague, and most important, to friend. You have significantly impacted our faith in the Lord, how we raise our family, and how we work with our student-athletes today. We, as well as so many others at Hillsdale College, are blessed that God has placed you in our lives. God Bless. | Favorite Coach Memories: How coach would not only know everyone's name, their cousin's name, and their cousin's cousin's name, but would also truly care about each of them as individuals. Coach During Gina's Week: fired up, inexhaustible, passionate, on the microphone, and loving everything to do with Hillsdale College, track and field, and people.

19: Mike and Lisa (Poll) Roberts Classes of '98 & '99 | Favorite Quotes: Philippians 4:13 "Hey There, Fella!" "Fire Up!" "It's a Great Day to be a Charger!"

20: Dave Friedrich Class of 2001 | Favorite Quote: He quoted Proverbs 16:9 often, "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." What I learned from Coach: Coach is a great example of what it means to lead by faith and have a positive impact on others. Coach is dedicated to Hillsdale Cross-County and Track, but his relationship with Christ and his family is paramount. He was able to coach us and also help with his kid's paper routes, car pooling and homework (with a lot of help from Sharon). The lasting relationships he has with his current and former runners is a reminder to me that you need to focus on the right things in life. Coach did that without fail. There are literally hundreds of us that are better men and women for getting to experience Coach during such an important part of our lives. Fire Up! Thanks, Coach, Hillsdale x-country and track & field will not be the same without you. | Favorite memory: There are too many to count, but there are a few that come to mind. I was talking to coach on the way home from a late meet, and he feel asleep in mid sentence. Then, after about 15-20 seconds, he woke up and kept talking right where he left off. Priceless. Then there was the time he did pull-ups in Kinesiology class (I believe he routinely did this). Also, I always loved listening to Coach at the Gina relays as he emceed the meet while also trying to fire up the Chargers.

21: l | Eric Houghton, Class of 2001 | Favorite Coach Memories: 1) Maybe the time he built a small snow structure in the middle of the hill when we were running repeats, then giving our splits as we ran by... no clue how far we were... 2) or perhaps the time he called me 10 years after I graduated from a late night last chance meet at North Central to have me say hello to fellow TC guy Jacob Secor.... priceless. | I count myself as blessed to have been a part of Coach Lundberg's Cross Country and Track Programs. He was a great part of my life. He always brought it back to family and reminded us of that importance. For that I forever grateful. | Coach, Thank you for everything. I am now a husband, a father and a coach myself and having known you and learned from you is only going to make me better at all of those things. Your legacy will carry on....Fire Up! -Eric

22: Graduation '02. Some of the best men I'll ever know. | Me and teammates with our little buddy, Richard, at a Tigers game. | My first memories of coach are of him as the comic relief at Jim Ryun Running Camp | FIRE UP CHARGERS | Coach broke out the HBolt uniform for a road race my freshman year

23: Coach broke out the uniform my freshman year for a road race. | Dave Friedrich, left, and I do our best to emulate coach in the steeple. | Jonathan Nikkila, Kelly (McNeilance) Dahlman and I at our last college race together. | I'll probably get crap for posting this picture, but I would have never even been nominated for outstanding senior if coach wasn't so prevalent in my life. | Favorite memory: So many, but the most resounding happened my senior year. Richard, a 10-year-old I had been mentoring since my freshman year was killed in a car accident. The first person I went to after I found out was coach and he simply set there and cried with me. The funeral was the day of conference and coach insisted I miss the meet to be there. | Favorite quote: "fire up chargers." Life lesson: Again, so many to choose from. I think the biggest impression Coach left on me is to live life to the full. He has so much joy and so much passion for everything he does. I hope as a coach and a father I can have half the compassion coach had for his faith, family and teams. | - David Pressgrove '02

24: Jonathan Nikkila Class of 2002 | Favorite Coach Quote: "It's a great day to be a Charger!" Favorite Coach Memory: It's hard to pick a favorite. Two that others may not have: - Occasionally, out on a run, coach would put a can on a fence and challenge the team to hit it with a rock. He promised "free flats" to whoever could hit it. I'm pretty sure a guy or two hit it. I'm pretty sure no one ever got free flats. - Coach himself wasn't present for this moment, but it reminds me of his unique style and how easy it was to do a good impersonation - impersonations that were absolutely based in respect and love. One day I'm interviewing VP of Adminstration Rich Pewe for the Collegian. | Kevin Blacquiere, me, Coach, Eric Houghton, Nick Rorick and Randy Scherer (in back) at the inaugural Wild Bill Lundberg Farmhouse 5k. | Me, future brother-in-law David Pressgrove & Adam Walker @ XC Regionals Senior Year. | Me, my brother and my parents. | He was on Coach's first Hillsdale team. We were making small talk about XC and he suddenly drops a perfect impersonation of Coach Lundberg out of nowhere. I am visibly shocked. Pewe's response: "You guys don't think you were the first to do Coach Lundberg impersonations, do you?"

25: View from the Farmhouse | One Thing I Learned from Coach: Putting people first and being competitive are not mutually exclusive. Take a look at this book and you see a theme: Athletes who want to talk about the impact that a man had on them OFF the track. Look more closely at the people in this book -- numerous All-Americans. They were hardly the types who didn't care about winning. Coach himself is incredibly competitive. He inspired athletes ON the track, too. He fueled their competitiveness and made them champions. As Chargers, we kept our desire to succeed, but he gave us perspective and prioritized what mattered most - and that is caring about individuals, whether they finish first or last. Coach Lundberg had an enormous impact on my life. He is the very reason I chose Hillsdale. I was not recruited nor did my high school times warrant it. I simply visited the school but he still gave my parents and me a significant amount of time during our stay. I was not pleased with my visit, up until Coach came into the picture. I literally decided that | this is the man I wanted to run for, and chose Hillsdale for that reason... only to have my brother follow me (I may not have been a DII All-American but I brought one with me), met my wife there, and had my friend, teammate and roommate three of four years marry my sister. None of that happens without God putting Coach Lundberg in my life. Coach - Thanks for fueling in me a love for running. Thanks for bringing such amazing teammates and lifelong friends into my life. Thanks for caring.

26: Favorite coach memory: Woody had demolished a large orange construction barrel with a HC van, just because it seemed like a fun thing to do. Coach writes on the turn-in slip for the van "Hit a large orange deer." Favorite coach quote: "Fire up!" | Adam Walker - Class of 2002 | The one thing I learned from Coach is that when you have the privilege of teaching or coaching young people, you have the opportunity to shape their lives. A kind and encouraging word will have consequences far beyond what they learn in the classroom or how they perform on the track. Thanks Coach Lundberg!

27: Kevin Blacquiere Favorite Coach Memory: Watching him awaken from a sleep at the soft mention of the word "Kansas". Favorite Coach Quote: "Kind of, but not really though" One Thing I Learned from Coach was: To believe in myself.

28: Randy Scherer Class of '03 | Favorite Coach Quotes: Aside from the classics "Fire up!" and "It's a great day to be a Charger," I still laugh at the time you called out Dr. Wolfram on his claim of being a former Blue-White meet champion: "Gary, you're full of s***." | What I learned: Because of you, Coach, I am constantly mindful of how much influence one person can have on those he teaches and coaches, as well as the importance of God and family. You once told us that you hoped to be half the man your father was; if I'm ever half the man you are, I can be satisfied that I did things right. Love you, Coach. | My first meet as a Charger, U of D 1999 | Steve Larson and I with coach at the CC banquet my senior year | Nationals in Cali, 2000

29: Steve Larson, Class of 2004 Favorite Memory: Runs accompanied by a school van that was usually in the middle of the road, door open, with Coach hanging out of it—or stopped in an intersection blocking traffic for us Favorite: Quote: "Watch out for the black ice." (Everyone thought he said "black guys") One Thing I Learned from Coach was: I think we all learned from Lundberg to be passionate about what you do and the people around you, everyday. Thanks Coach!

30: After much thought and consideration I came to the conclusion that there is no possible way for me to choose one quote and one memory to sum up who Coach Bill Lundberg is to me. Since 2001 he has been my coach both on and off the track, my friend and a father figure to me. There is no one in my life who has played a larger role in shaping me into the man that I have become with the exception of my parents. Coach made it possible for me, an average student with the slight ability to run, to spend four years at a great college surrounded by incredible people. I will never be able to thank him enough for his kindness and encouragement in all of my endeavors. As so many others have already expressed, the one thing that Coach has taught me is that people are more important than winning or losing. Even though Coach hated to lose, he never placed more importance on winning than on the growth and development of his athletes. | Seth Folkertsma Class of 2005

31: Stephanie Carroll '05 | The most vivid memories were during the lonely Sunday long runs when you would show up out of nowhere. I never understood how you knew where I was, but you always found me. Thank you for always finding me. | "It's a great day to be a Charger! " | Appreciate all things in life, no matter how big or small.

32: Michael Nikkila '05 | One of my favorite memories of Coach came from my freshman year when Coach took us on a trip to the Pre-National meet in California. The day before the race were jogging around previewing the 10k course. As we are coming up a gentle incline we all hear the familiar whistle. I look ahead to find Coach, nothing. I look to the right and to the left, nothing. Then I hear cheering and more whistling...I look up. There stands Coach, in all his joyful glory, cheering for the Chargers from a tree. Good 'ol Wild Bill. | I will always thank Coach for the opportunity to spend another two years running with my brother. Nothing better than family. | Favorite Lundberg Quote "Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith..." --Heb 13:7 "Wait, wait, there's more." --Coach (paraphrase) "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." --Heb 13:8

33: I think Coach taught us all the most important lesson by what annoyed us most...he was always late. However, what we didn't see was that he was late because there was someone to support and uplift, there was an alum who wanted to chat, there was a friend to pray for and with, there was always a relationship that needed tending. Coaching wasn't about running fast and winning (though it was a nice bonus), it was about loving others and showing Christ to them. And that is what he taught us and continues to teach us every day...never forget to honor and thank the Lord in all that we do. As Hewbrews instructs, I hope to imitate my leader, my coach, and my friend, Wild Bill Lundberg. | If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. --Jn 21:25 | "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through Him. -- Col 3:17

34: Heidi (Johnson) Brouwer Class of 2006 | One Thing I Learned from Coach: Life is not about your success as a runner, but more about the person you become. | Favorite Coach Quote: "It's a great day to be a Charger!" | Favorite Coach Memory: His complete faith in me through all of my injuries, and helping me keep the right perspective.

35: Shannon (Stanglewicz) Audretsch Class of 2006 | Favorite Coach Quote: "Fire up!" Favorite Coach Memory: I loved how excited Coach got about EVERYTHING. Practice or meets, big or small things in life. It was hard to have a bad day around Coach because his enthusiasm was infectious. Thanks for that Coach :) | One Thing I Learned from Coach: Never regret giving your best, even if it doesn't turn out the way you expected. Trust God, for He is good.

36: Hillary (Szajnecki) Taylor | Class of 2006 | -Favorite Coach Quote | "It's a GREAT day to be a CHARGER!" | Favorite Coach Memory: | Coach never turning off the mic during Gina Relays. We were bound to learn a lot about the athletes (and their families) that week! | One Thing I Learned from Coach: | The greatest thing I learned from coach was not through his words (though there was no shortage of them) but through his | dedication to God, his family, and his team. Coach taught me to keep close what is most important in life. | THANK YOU COACH!

37: Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership. | Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership. | Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership. | Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership. | Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership. | Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership. | Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership. | Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership. | Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership. | Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership. | Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership. | Scott Kallgren Class of 2007 | There are so many good quotes, and although this was previously listed, the classic “3,2,1 and we’re rollin’” captures Coach perfectly. My most salient memory of Coach was when he initiated my first annual game of tag at camp. And that’s all I have to say about that. Coach always encouraged us to give our all, and through inspiring us on the track he taught us the value of commitment in all areas of life. I don’t have Coach’s unshakable attitude, but I will always look up to “Wild Bill” as an example of passionate, caring leadership.

38: Favorite Coach Quote: "Definitely maybe." Favorite Coach Memory: Looking over to see Coach running next to me, while the van he was driving continues on down the dirt road, driver-less. One thing I learned from Coach was: "It's not about finding the right woman, it's about becoming the right man." | Sleeping Bear Dunes my freshman year. | Coaching handing out awards. | '06 Notre Dame Invite | 2006 Outdoor GLIAC Championships. Charles Michael Berg, Coach Lundberg, Lewis Butler | Lewis Butler, Class of '07 | For all the love and compassion you displayed Coach, I loved your competitive side when it came out as well. I vividly remember you telling me I had to score in the 3k at the GLIAC meet my junior year when the team was having a bad meet. I also loved your passion for Ashland, "I mean, not to make fun of them guys, but I mean, they wear purple, what's up with that?".

39: Nick Liversedge Class of '07 | Favorite Coach Memory: Coach convincing the toll booth worker at the dunes during camp week that we were on a science field trip to get out of paying for 2 vans full of runners. | Favorite Coach Quote: "If I'm not coachin' or teachin' then I'm preachin!" (I would add, "sleepin") One Thing I Learned from Coach was: "3 minutes of running left" in a race really means "1.2 miles to go" and that the greatest thing we can do in all pursuits is to honor those around us with what we are doing.

40: What I learned from Coach: I’ve never known anyone quite like Coach, and somehow I doubt I ever will meet such a man again. Perhaps Coach’s most remarkable trait is just his seemingly limitless passion and zeal: for life, for his faith, for his family – both his primary family and his secondary Charger family, for running. Coach was absolutely instrumental in instilling in me the attitude that you should give 100% in whatever you do, be it the most commonplace and simple of tasks, or the most daunting and complex. Favorite memory: One day we were out running the endless dirt roads around Hillsdale, and we heard Coach driving up in the van behind us. We moved over to the side to let him pass, and we looked up to see Coach running alongside us, with the now driverless van rolling along by his side. It was just such a shocking, yet somehow completely unsurprising “Coach” moment that I’ll never forget. Favorite quote: “Watch how we do this...". or “good, better, best – never let it rest, until your good becomes better and your better becomes best” | Peter Sercer, Class of 2007

41: "Okay, we've got two vans and need to get into Sleeping Bear Dunes for free...So how do you want to do this?" -Coach as negotiator applying the Western tradition of rhetoric | Thank you for sending us off determined to "make our good better and our better best." | Sean O'Donnell, Class of 2007

42: Favorite quote: "It's not about finding the right woman. It's about becoming the right man." | Favorite Coach memory: I loved Coach's enthusiasm in post-meet team meetings, when he would congratulate everybody who had performed really well, recorded significant personal bests, etc. You could tell how much he loved cross country, and track and field -- and, more important, his athletes -- when he started jumping around and leading the team in "Hip, hip, hooray!" cheers for those who really had contributed. One thing I learned from Coach was: Coach taught me the importance of gratitude. I could tell he cherished those who had gone before me -- whether at Hillsdale College, on the track team, or in families -- and wanted all his athletes to honor the rich traditions and legacies they established. Coach made me appreciate the integrity of my predecessors in the faith, in the athletic realm and in our free society, and he showed me the importance of honoring their sacrifices with my actions. | David Lowe, Class of 2007

43: Favorite Quote: "It's not about finding the right woman. It's about becoming the right man." Favorite Memory: My favorite Coach memory is when during my freshman year he took a few of us to the Michigan High School State Cross Country meet to do some recruiting. We pulled up in a school van to go to the infield where the teams were. Unfortunately, we were greeted by a not-so-friendly guard who stopped us. Coach rolled down his window and said, "Hi, I'm Bill Lundberg, Head Cross Country Coach at Hillsdale College. I'm here to do some recruiting with some of my guys!" "I'm sorry, Sir. I can't let you in without a pass." Coach looked at the guy for a few seconds and then blurted out, "So are you going to let me in or what?" The response from the guard was the same, albeit a little more agitated this time. This give and take continued for a couple minutes. Eventually, Coach asked the guard where he could get a pass, and the guy told him to check at a ticket booth about 200m on our left. Coach backed the van up (because everyone by this point had moved on to a new entry) and drove up to the ticket booth. As soon as Coach Lundberg's foot hit the ground, a large man jumped up from behind the table and yelled, "BILLY! HOW ARE YOU DOING? WHAT YOU NEED?" Within 30 seconds we had gotten a pass, driven pass the same agitated guard, and I had found out that I was going to spend the next five years with a great Coach! One Thing I learned from Coach was: It's hard to pick just one. But if I had to choose one, it's probably how he's taught me how to care for other people. When you get to know Coach, you get to see how much effort he puts in to the relationships in his life (with friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers). Coach is a man who will do anything for anyone because he cares. He is a man of God, and he lives his life in the effort to show God's love to others in everything I do, and for this and so much more, I will forever be indebted to my coach, Bill Lundberg. | Tim Sayers, Class of 2008

44: Beth Ann (Lannen) Walz Class of 2008 | Favorite Coach Quote: It's a great day to be a Charger | Favorite Coach Memory: I don't know that I have just one but I always loved his infectious enthusiasm for everything. Whether we were warming up for a workout, or a meet, if someone qualified for nationals, was celebrating a birthday (Hip, hip, hip, hooray), or just ordering a boxed lunch (Broccoli salad, broccoli salad, they have broccoli salad) Coach is full of passion, life, and love and what more could we ask for in a coach? One thing I learned from Coach: Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best."

45: Joel VanDerworp, Class of 2010 | Coach Lundberg is more than a great Coach--he is a great man. Our exploits on the course and the track go along way in proving his skill as a coach, but very few can shape a bunch of boys coming out of high school into honorable men. He cared more about developing the entire person than anything else, and pushed us to be both better runners and better people. Thank you, Coach, for being a father to us all.

46: Favorite Coach quote: "timotheeeEEE!" (HOWSE) Favorite Coach memory: The Lundberg Leap--during a session of 10x1k on the course senior year, Coach was riding shotgun in the Gator, turned around shouting encouragement to us and pointing out spots on the course that had bad footing. As he did this, there was a sharp turn and a bump, which threw him from the Gator sent him flying through the air toward a tree. He hit the dirt with his head about 3 inches from the base of said tree, hopped right back up, and hollered at us to keep going. A true champion in the face of adversity. One thing I learned from Coach was: Bouncing back from bad workouts, races, seasons, years. Just a small portion of a career does not define you--you can change it despite bad beginnings. Coach taught me that if I stick with it good things will happen. | Alex Ralston, Class of 2011

47: William M. Wegert, Class of 2012 | Favorite Memory: Though there are many incredible memories to choose from, warm up runs while Coach drove alongside stands out as a favorite. He was always in "true form" during these runs ... often loudly singing his own lyrics to the music, picking on us all, or perhaps getting out of the van and doing a dance (as the driver-less car rolled along next to him) in a way that only Lundberg could. His enthusiasm and joy was most obvious during these runs, and it was contagious. | What I Learned From Coach: Coach Lundberg is a man who humbly leads by example. He is a man that loves God and others, always putting them before himself. Through his example, he has helped me to realize that the importance of God and others goes above and beyond my own needs and desires. He has helped me see how a man can follow God wholly even when circumstances and people let you down or even spit in your face. Coach, I will always think of you as a man of character who lives it in your own life. You pushed me to"become the right man". I only hope I can be half the man you are. | Quote: After someone ripped a big one Coach Lundberg quoted a teammate of his in a ridiculous accent sayings: "Hey Billy, pick up the phone some a**hole's calling" ... This quote was repeated often over my last several years both by coach and by the team.

48: I will never forget the inaugural "Wild" Bill Lundberg Farmhouse 5k. Even back in college we were all fully aware of how important Coach was in our lives. This was our way to say 'thanks' and have a great time. I'll never forget the 300-400 people who came that day, to run, watch, and/or eat. And I'll never forget the all the alumni who came back for it because they wanted to say thanks. It was a rare glimpse for us to see how different "generations" of Chargers all shared the same love and adminiration for Coach Lundberg. -Jonathan Nikkila

50: Coach: From your Charger family we thank you sincerely for the simple yet profound memories you have etched into our lives. Sharon, Steven, Kate & Tommy: Thank you for sharing your wonderful husband & father with us.

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