Herald JournalHerald Journal, Dec. 1, 2003

Fasching tops off football season at the White House

By Jody Anderson

A trip to the White House topped off the football season for Winsted native and coach Gary Fasching Nov. 17.

Fasching is a defensive football coach for St. John's University, working his eighth season there.

The Johnnies enjoyed a milestone in their history when head coach John Gagliardi, 77, became the football coach with the most wins in the history of college football.

Fasching accompanied Gagliardi to Washington, as President Bush was to present Gagliardi with an award.

This year, Gagliardi secured his 409th win after 55 seasons, surpassed Eddie Robinson.

Robinson retired in 1997 after winning 408 games to become the college football coach with the most wins in the history of college football.

"Congressman Mark Kennedy met us, and gave us a personal tour of the White House," Fasching said. "No other group received such special treatment."

Gary was born and raised on a dairy farm in Winsted, with 14 brothers and sisters, many of whom still live in the area.

"Mom and Dad supported all our activities. Mom never missed a game, and the ones Dad could attend were very special," he reminisced.

Gary graduated from Holy Trinity School in 1977, and attributes much of his success, and his career choice, to Coach Larry Anderson.

He was recruited by Gagliardi, and was convinced by the team's outstanding record.

"I wanted to play for a winning program," he commented.

Fasching was a starting linebacker for three years at SJU, and received a teaching degree in social sciences.

From 1986 to 1995 he was head football coach for St. Cloud Cathedral High School, employing the same tactics used by Gagliardi: no tackling, wearing heavy gear, nor whistle blowing during practice.

"It all comes down to execution," he stated, "the teams that execute the plays win."

After winning two class B titles in 1992 and 1993, he received a call from SJU with a job offer and was happy to take it.

"John does things his way, and it works" he said, "all coaches that work under John have played football under him, and believe in his system."

Fasching, his wife Cindy, and their family moved recently to St. Joseph from Sauk Centre.

All of his children have been involved in sports, and his daughter plans to continue the coaching and teaching tradition.

Besides the defensive coaching position, he is also director of the University's McGlynn Fitness Center, and an assistant coach for track and field.

"Sports have been a big part of my life, and I like to emphasize that people should be involved in sports after they are done with school" he adds, "You've got to have that balance in your life."

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