September 23, 2014

Hyland shoots for career win #400 on Saturday

When you talk about Saint Mary’s Springs football, the name that comes to mind

Bob Hyland

Bob Hyland

is Bob Hyland.

The Ledgers will meet Darlington in a WIAA Division 6 State Semifinal (Level 4) game in Middleton on Saturday afternoon.

Hyland isn’t one to look for a slap on the back, but what he’s done at Saint Mary’s Springs (Fond du Lac) is nothing short of remarkable.

Hyland enters Saturday’s game with 399 career wins, more than any coach in Wisconsin state history.  The Ledgers have won 39 straight games, which is the 9th longest win streak in the nation.  The last time Springs lost a game was a 6-3 setback against Edgar in the 2010 D-6 State Championship game.

As you would expect though, getting Hyland to talk about the streak or his record is like pulling teeth.

AUDIO: Bob Hyland is surprised to hear of 39-game win streak chatter :17

AUDIO: Bob Hyland says he doesn’t dwell on 400 wins :05

Hyland’s current record stands at 399-101-2.  His next win is #400.  And if the Ledgers can make Saturday’s game against Darlington #400, then Hyland will be seeking another State Championship.

Hyland is pretty good at that as well.  His next state title will be his 13th.  Hyland’s current resume includes:

27 Conference Championships
12 State Championships
9 State runner-up finishes

(Thanks to Wade Bates at KFIZ in Fond du Lac for contributing to this story)