2019 Coyote Legends Information

2019 Coyote Legends Ceremony Information

Friday, September 27th, during Homecoming, we will honor H.L. Pedersen, former Coyote coach, as our first-ever WHS Coyote Legend.  Harold L. Pedersen was from Valley City, North Dakota. He was an outstanding athlete and student. He came to Williston in 1950, where he spent 13 very productive years. In his time at WHS, he was the athletic director, head football coach, track coach, basketball coach, and head wrestling coach. In fact, he started the wrestling program in Williston and was often referred to as the Father of Wrestling in North Dakota.

As a head football coach, his teams were always fiercely competitive, well-coached, and always near the top in the win/loss column. H. L. was responsible for moving Cutting Field from Harmon Park, which was a dirt field to behind the now middle school, where it remained for decades.

H.L. Pedersen, a former marine in WWII, is among the top football coaches of all time in North Dakota history.

The festivities will begin with a “float” in the Homecoming parade, and we will have a special presentation on the field prior to the start of the Homecoming football game.  We will also host a social beginning at 5:30 in the WHS commons area with light appetizers for those wanting to celebrate the induction of H.L. Pedersen as our very first LEGEND. We want to remember our storied past and pay tribute to those who paved the way for future Coyotes to have success.  This opportunity also helps connect current Coyotes with the proud heritage of our school, and it brings the community together to celebrate! All are welcome to attend.

For planning purposes, please RSVP here.