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