Hunter Hall of Fame

Douglas MacIver

Known to his friends and students alike as “Mac,” Douglas MacIver worked at Denfeld throughout his teaching, coaching and administrative career. He student-taught for Frank Puglisi and Ray Mickolajak and was hired in 1970 to teach physical education and coach. He stayed until his retirement in 2005 as activities director.

He taught physical education and took pride in making it more than a gym class. He started the innovative two-hour Personal Fitness Sports Appreciation class in which students learned about the traditions, history, rules and how to play several sports and activities that there was no time for in a traditional setting.

MacIver graduated from Glenwood High School, where he was a three-sport athlete, and went to college at the University of Minnesota Morris. His name still can be found in the Cougar basketball record book. He has received the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from Glenwood High School and been elected into the Minnesota Morris Hall of Fame and the Northern Inter-collegiate Conference Hall of Fame. He also received the Greg Irons Award in 1994 for dedication to students in Duluth Public Schools.

He was assistant coach in both baseball and basketball at Denfeld from 1971 to 1974, and became head basketball coach in 1974, holding the position until 1984. He also served as boys and girls cross-country coach from 1970 to 1987.

MacIver took what had been an out-of-season “get in shape for other sports” program in cross-country and made the Hunters into a recognized regional and state power. He took teams and individuals to numerous state meets and was Region 7AA Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1981. He also received the Minnesota State Coaches Association 25-year Service Award.

As activities director, MacIver oversaw the implementation of Title IX and equal opportunities for female athletes at Denfeld. He found innovative ways to fund programs when activities budgets were slashed by the School Board. He was selected Region 7AA Athletic Director of the Year in 1993 and 2003 and became the mentor to dozens of new activities directors in the region. He was actively involved with the renovations to Denfeld’s physical education wing in 1986 and Public Schools Stadium in 2000.

MacIver credits the experience he gained at Denfeld for his positions as executive
secretary/treasurer of the Lake Superior Conference since 1992, and executive secretary/treasurer for Region 7AA since 2003. He administers all fine arts and athletic programs in Region 7AA for the Minnesota State High School League, which includes overseeing 44 tournaments.

He has been married to his wife Gloria for 43 years and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

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