Totino-Grace head football coach receives Semper Fidelis award

18 Feb 2013 | Staff Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook 9th Marine Corps District

Recruiting Station Twin Cities Commanding Officer Maj. Kenneth Gawronski presented Jeff Ferguson with the Semper Fidelis Coach Award at the Minneapolis Glazier Football Clinic Feb. 16.

The head football coach for Totino-Grace High School accepted the award in front of hundreds of his peers attending this year’s clinic.

“This is a great honor for me and our staff,” said Ferguson. “I want to thank the U. S. Marines for the award, but more than that I would like to thank them and all our armed services for what they do and the sacrifices they make.”

Ferguson has served as a member of the Totino-Grace High School football staff for the past 15 years, 11 as the head coach. His overall record is 129-13. In 2009, the Minnesota Football Coaches Association named him the Class 4A coach of the year.

“This award is not necessarily for someone with a winning record or a bunch of titles; though today’s recipient has plenty of those, to include eight conference titles, nine sectional titles and seven state championships,” said Gawronski. “The reason we chose him had more to do with what we call a legacy of leadership and the impact he has had on his players.”

For a list of 2013 Semper Fidelis Coach Award recipients from across the country, visit

“We believe very strongly in our partnership with the United States Marine Corps, because leadership is the first element of winning playbooks,” said Matt Buller, Minneapolis Glazier Clinic coordinator.

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