Minnesota basketball legend Bob McDonald dies at 87


The MSHSL said he died in Hibbing Tuesday, and had tested positive for COVID-19.

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Bob McDonald, the most successful high school basketball coach in Minnesota history, has died at the age of 87.

His death on Tuesday was announced by the Minnesota State High School League’s John Millea:

“Bob McDonald, the iconic son of Chisholm and basketball coach who won more games than any coach in any sport in Minnesota high school history, has died. McDonald, who had tested positive for Covid-19, passed away this morning in Hibbing. He was 87.”

A native of Chisholm, where he is a legend, McDonald served as a high school basketball coach for 59 years, during which time he led his teams to 1,012 victories –one of only 20 to do so in the history of U.S. high school boy’s basketball.

He retired as the coach of the Chisholm High School Bluestreaks in 2014, which he had coached for 53 seasons. Prior to this, he coached in Barnum and McGregor.

In 2017-18, the McDonald Award – named after him – was launched to recognize the outstanding Minnesota Senior Player of the Year.

Over the course of his career, McDonald finished with a record of 1,012-428, guiding the Bluestreaks to 11 state tournaments, and winning three state titles.

Tributes have already started flooding in for the Iron Range

It is yet to be confirmed whether COVID-19 was a factor in McDonald’s death.

The late McDonald was the grandfather of former New Prague Trojan Boys basketball coach Bryce Tisdahl, who currently coaches for Minnetonka.



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