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Legendary Jamestown College coach Rollie Greeno dies

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Rollie Greeno, the most recognized name in the history of Jamestown College athletics, died Tuesday at Meritcare Hospital in Fargo.

Greeno, who coached and taught at Jamestown College for 37 years, led the Jimmies to 83 conference championships, winning 28 in indoor track, 26 in outdoor track, 21 in cross country and 8 more in football. He also had a successful stint as the school's wrestling coach in which he won 150 matches.

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In addition, Greeno regularly taught a full class load.

Prior to his time at Jamestown College, he was a successful high school football coach in South Dakota, tallying a 105-14-4 record at Milbank, S.D., highlighted by a 44-game winning streak.

He is a member of the Jamestown College Hall of Fame, the Northern State (his alma mater) Hall of Fame and the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1991, Greeno was named the winner of the Special Achievement award presented by the state's sports media, their highest award.

In 1999, Jamestown College named its football field in his honor.

He is survived by his wife, May, four children -- Rollie Jr., Greg, Trudi and Gretchen -- and nine grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Dave Selvig is a reporter at The Jamestown (N.D.) Sun, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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