BEAVERS: Longtime BSU coach, administrator Vic Weber dies at 91
BEMIDJI -- Vic Weber, who came to Bemidji State in 1959 as a professor of the physical education department and later served as BSU’s athletic director, died Sunday at the age of 91.
Weber retired in 1982 but during his almost 25 years on the faculty his duties ranged from coach to administrator to athletic director. He was honored for his contributions by being inducted into the BSU Hall of Fame, the BSU Coaches Hall of Fame and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame.
“Vic was a dedicated faculty member,” said former BSU hockey coach Bob Peters, who worked with Weber for more than 15 years. “In those days everybody had to carry extra loads. That was the job description. And Vic always went the extra mile without complaint. He came to work early and he stayed late.”
During Weber’s tenure as athletic director, BSU offered 11 women’s sports and 11 men’s sports. And Weber attended most of the events.
“He not only worked the 9 to 5 business but when they had all 22 sports going he would be over there four to five nights a week,” said Weber’s son, Bob. “Dad was a strong believer that the active body lent to an active mind and he believed in the concept that the body, soul and spirit were one.”
Among Weber’s duties during his time at BSU were overseeing the construction of the gym, John Glas Fieldhouse and physical education building, directing the school’s physical education, health and recreation division and organizing the intramural program.
He was also responsible for resurrecting the men's hockey program in 1960, after the program had been idle for 10 years.He coached the hockey team from 1960-64 and again in 1966. He had a 42-19-2 overall career record and posted six winning seasons as coach before hiring Peters to replace him in 1967.
Weber coached the BSU track and field team, too, taking over in 1960 coaching the squad to the NAIA District 13 track and field championship in 1963.
He became athletic director in 1964 and kept the position until retiring in 1980.
As an administrator Weber was among the best, according to Peters.
“Being the athletic director and chairman of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation department, was a tough job and Vic had to make some necessary difficult decisions,” Peters said. “Serving in those roles took a person with great energy because when you add all of the sidebar issues, such as budgets, travel and the paperwork, you had to be organized and dedicated.
“Vic was very loyal to the university and after he retired he was involved and participated in many of the school athletic events,” Peters continued. “You would always see him at the end of the year banquets, the Beaver Pride events and the golf tournaments.”
The fruits of Weber’s labor can still be found within the halls of the BSU phy ed building and the programs housed there.
“As time unfolds, staff changes,” Peters said. “It doesn’t take long for the names to change and Vic has been off the faculty for 30 years. But Vic played a major role in the evolution of the programs and he was very instrumental in changing (the sports programs) from what was a small state college to what BSU is now.”
“Athletics was a career that Vic chose and he truly enjoyed it.”
According to his son, a movement is currently underway to salute Vic Weber by naming the physical education complex in his honor.
“The process has begun,” Bob Weber said. “And, rather than flowers, we would prefer that memorials be sent to the BSU Foundation for Athletic Scholarships through the family.
“Dad invested time into young people because he knew helping them was meaningful. He was a great dad.”