Athletics Hall of Fame

Bruce Melin

SPORT(S) Track, Football, Basketball
PLAYED AT BSU 1961-1964

Hermantown, Minnesota, was hometown for Bruce. He then enrolled at Bemidji State to study physical education and while a student won letters in three sports. In football he lettered three years as a starter on both offence as a halfback and on defense as a cornerback. Bruce earned four letters in track where he was a leading point scorer and held many records in shot put, javelin, hurdles, relays, long jump and triple jump. He also captained the track team in 1964. He lettered in basketball as a guard in the one year he played, the 1961-62 season. Following his graduation he taught and coached in Hibbing, Brainerd, and St Cloud, both at Tech. and Apollo. He started both the track and football programs at Apollo High School. Bruce also coached cross country at St. Cloud Tech. He served as a graduate assistant at Bemidji State in 1966-67, and was an assistant football coach and assistant track coach. His track teams at Hibbing and Apollo won their conference championships in 1965 and 1987 respectively. His Hibbing track teams also won the district championships twice and the region once and his Apollo track teams won three district championships and the true team region championship in 1987. Bruce was named district track coach of the year in 1971, region track coach of the year in 1971 and 1987, and was the region football coach of the year in 1972. He continues to be on the faculty of St. Cloud Apollo High School.