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LINTON LEGEND: Carr set to be inducted into N.D. Sports Hall of Fame

Dan Carr directs the Linton-HMB boys basketball team during the Region 3 tournament held at the Jamestown Civic Center in March of 2016. Carr is set to be inducted into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Dan Carr didn't have to look far to find a true coaching inspiration as a young man at Mayville State University.

Serving as an assistant men's basketball coach for the Comets in 1977, just down the road worked coaching legend Ed Beyer. Carr would later surpass Beyer's state record of 688 coaching victories as the head boys basketball coach at Linton-HMB.

"When I started coaching at Mayville State as a student, Eddie Beyer was at Hillsboro and he was extremely well respected," recalled Carr. "When I happened to take the job in Linton, I kinda wanted to be known as the Eddie Beyer of the south."

Carr will be enshrined into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center, receiving the Cliff Cushman Award along with fellow 2018 inductees Scott Berry, Brooks Bollinger and Laura Roesler. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social, auction and banquet.

Carr, born in Minot, became the boys basketball coach at Linton in 1981 and has since won 11 region tournament titles and three state championships with the Lions. The coaching icon passed his friend and colleague, Beyer, by winning game No. 689 on Jan. 5, 2016.

Beyer, who was inducted into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, passed away just five days later on Jan. 10. Carr's current total of 728 coaching victories includes 36 wins earned while heading up the boys program in Belgrade, Minn., from 1978-80.

"I've always had a lot of respect for Ed," Carr said. "He was a good friend and made all the rest of us better coaches."

Carr's Linton teams, exemplifying sportsmanship and discipline, have instilled a deeply-rooted tradition of success within both the program and the community, which has later grown to include Hazelton, Moffit and Braddock. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association boys basketball coach of the year in 2014, Carr guided the Lions to Class B state championships in 1984, 1985 and 2009.

"First of all, you have to have a supportive community and kids that buy into what you are doing," Carr explained. "And, you usually have to stay in one place for quite a long time to get everything the way you want it and everybody knows what to expect.

"It's worked out really well for us."

Carr's 41-year coaching career has garnered numerous accolades, including inductions into the Central Lakes Community College (Brainerd, Minn.) Athletic Hall of Fame, the Mayville State University Coaches Hall of Fame and the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Carr is also set to be enshrined into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame on June 26 in Sioux Falls, S.D., following this weekend's ceremony in Jamestown.

"It's not anything you really probably think of ever happening, but when it does it's very humbling," Carr said. "I'm very appreciative to the people at the (North Dakota) Sports Hall of Fame for thinking enough of me to allow me to be inducted.

"It's just a nice reward for the hard work and the good people that I've worked with."

Carr is a graduate of Verndale High School in Minnesota and served two years in the United States Army. He holds degrees from Central Lakes Community College, Mayville State and North Dakota State University.

The high school social studies teacher at Linton said his coaching career, which has also included both boys and girls golf, is far from over. Carr and his wife, Anne, have four children and four grandchildren.

"I'm 66, so it's probably time that a guy would fade into the sunset," Carr said. "But I still enjoy it a lot, and I still have the support of the community and the parents right now.

"As long as that's still happening, I might stick around for a little while."

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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