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Al Minnaert, who was the longtime football coach at Madison Edgewood, has been selected for induction into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Edgewood athletic director Chris Zwettler said Thursday.

The annual event is scheduled March 24 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton.

Minnaert came to Edgewood in 1992 and was head coach for 26 seasons, until resigning in November. The Crusaders are in the process of selecting a new coach.

Edgewood earned 21 playoff berths during Minnaert’s tenure. Edgewood was state runner-up in WISAA Division 2 in 1997. Minnaert was named All-City coach of the year six times.

According to information for his induction, Minnaert has been active with the WFCA, serving on the football advisory board as private school representative for more 20 years and serving as interim South vice president in 2015-16. He was the Division 1-3 South All-Star team head coach in 2010 and served as an assistant coach in 2013.

In his 26 years at Edgewood, he compiled a 155-115 record.

He is the winningest coach in the city of Madison football history.

In 1984, he moved to Wisconsin to teach and coach at Holy Name Seminary. In his eight years at Holy Name, he served as head coach in football (seven years), baseball and track. He also served as athletic director for six years. In his seven years as head football coach, his team earned five playoff berths and won one WISAA state championship and finished twice as WISAA state runner-up.

His combined record at Holy Name and Edgewood was 203-136.

Minnaert, 58, was born in Annawan, Illinois and was graduated from Annawan High School in 1977, where he competed in football, basketball and track. He earned four letters each in football and baseball at St. Ambrose College. After graduating from St. Ambrose, he taught and coached at Annawan High School in 1981. He became head football coach there in 1982, taking his team to the playoffs.

“I have truly been blessed to have so many great assistant coaches and players that have helped to make my career so enjoyable,” he said in the induction information. “I am also grateful for the relationships formed with fellow, coaches, players, officials and event staff over my career.”

Previously, it was announced that former University of Wisconsin-Whitewater head football coach Lance Leipold is scheduled to be enshrined as a member of the WFCA Hall of Fame Class of 2018, according to a release from UW-Whitewater.

Leipold, who played quarterback for the Warhawks from 1983-86 and served as head coach of the program from 2007-14, will be the lone college coach in this year's induction class, the 39th in the WFCA Hall of Fame's history. He recently finished his third season as head football coach at Buffalo, an NCAA Division I institution.

Tickets for the WFCA Hall of Fame reception and dinner cost $45 each and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Tickets from UW-Whitewater -- To purchase tickets, make checks payable to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and mail to Joyce Follis at 252 S. Ardmore Dr., Whitewater, WI 53190. Contact Joyce Follis at with any questions.

Tickets from Madison Edgewood -- Edgewood athletic director Chris Zwettler has tickets available for $45 per ticket. Edgewood High School is at 2219 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711. Phone -- (608) 257-1023. 

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