Top stories of 2013 – No. 4: Local legends step down

Four area staples announced their retirement in 2013 after lengthy tenures at their respective positions.

Football coaches Brad Sandy, Lyne Enget and Fred Fridley and Minot High Athletic Director Pat McNally stepped away after years of success and respect.

Sandy resigned from his position as Harvey-Wells County football coach last week after leading the Hornets to more than 200 wins and three state titles in 16 seasons.

Enget announced his retirement in April after 19 seasons at the helm of the Stanley-Powers Lake football program. Enget won state championships in 1999, 2002 and 2011 and finished 139-54 with the Blue Jays. Stanley went 11-1 in Enget’s final season. He remains S-PL’s athletic director.

Fridley called it a career following the 2013 season after 42 years of piloting the Watford City football team. Fridley won nine state titles second on the all-time state coaching list and appeared in 16 championship games. He finished 321-103 with the Wolves and coached more than 100 all-state players. His 321 victories rank most on the all-time state coaching list.

Fridley was named 1997 national coach of the year. That same year, Watford City renamed its stadium Fridley Field. Fridley is a member of state and national halls of fame.

McNally stepped away from his duties at Minot High on July 1, ending a 12-year tenure as AD. Prior to his time at Minot, McNally spent 28 years at Bishop Ryan, serving as its AD and football coach. He coached at Garrison High for five years before going to Ryan.

McNally was named Class A’s top athletic director by the North Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in 2007 and earned the same award at Class B Ryan in 1994. He was inducted into the NDIAAA Hall of Fame in April.