Former Hopkins AD Ron Sellnow Passes Away Wednesday

Sellnow started working for Hopkins Public Schools as a math teacher in 1964.

Longtime Hopkins High School teacher, coach and athletic director Ron Sellnow passed away Wednesday afternoon, the school’s Department of Athletics and Activities announced.

Sellnow began working for Hopkins as a math teacher in 1964 and continued to teach for more than 24 years. He coached hockey for 27 years. Sellnow also coached boys' and girls' soccer—leading the Royals to five consecutive state tournament appearances.

He became the district’s athletics director in 1988, a position he held until retiring in 1999.

Sellnow stayed active in high school sports after retiring—serving as director of the section hockey and soccer tournaments.

He was inducted into the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame in 2009.

Current Activities Director Dan Johnson started working with Sellnow when he hired Johnson as a baseball coach three years before Sellnow retired. As Johnson prepared to leave for one of the tournaments Sellnow once ran, he described the time his predecessor invested into Hopkins programs.

But even with the effort Sellnow put into his job, he always made a point to set aside time for family and friends, Johnson said.

He’ll remember Sellnow as “just a very, very solid person—always supportive, always caring about the kids in the programs.”

Patch will have more details about memorials and services once an obituary is available.


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Lisa Baumann October 24, 2012 at 11:18 PM
So sorry to hear this. Ron was the father of my high school friend/college roommate and he was simply the nicest man.
Michael "Sparky" Klaphake October 25, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I am sorry to hear of Mr. Sellnow's passing. I had him as a math teacher at H. H. S. and remember him well. He also was my mom's neighbor growing up in Staples. My condolences to the family.
Kevin Lu October 27, 2012 at 06:08 PM
He was both a great coach and math teacher. He took us to the State Soccer tournament each of the years I was with him, and I received an All-Conference award under his direction. I am honored to have known him and played for him. He's left a great legacy.
Mike Hegre October 29, 2012 at 03:20 PM
He was a great friend and mentor and I had great respect for the way he lived his life.
Andrea James November 08, 2012 at 05:23 PM
He impacted my life as my high school math teacher in so many ways. He was an amazing person and cast a positive leadership shadow.


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