Debbie Friermood Roesler
Induction Year: 2003
Debbie Friermood Roesler of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, was a talented athlete at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Her career as a dedicated educator and outstanding coach was cut short by her untimely death in 2003.
Ms. Roesler came to UW-Superior in 1972, becoming a multi-sport athlete during her years as a Yellowjacket. She was named Most Valuable Player in 1976.
Since graduating in 1976, Ms. Roesler taught physical education and health at several Catholic schools in Chippewa Falls. She coached the McDonell Central High School volleyball team for 27 years, leading her players to 14 conference championships and the 1999 state title. Her record of more than 1,400 game victories and 500 match victories is among the highest of any volleyball coach in Wisconsin.
In addition, she served as the school's assistant and head coach for girls' track, leading her teams to state championships in 1984, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
While her coaching achievements were numerous, Ms. Roesler was most noted for her dedication to the success and well being of her students. Her positive attitude and her care for the young people placed in her charge serve as an inspiration to coaches and teachers everywhere.