On Wednesday, February 6, Mary Holmberg, a longtime teacher and coach at the Morris Area Schools, will receive the “Breaking Barriers” award. Holmberg has been a person of many “firsts” in the Morris Area Schools. She started the first girls’ softball team in 1981, the first girls’ swimming and diving team, and the first girls’ hockey team. Holmberg coached these sports, along with the girls’ basketball team, for many years. In her 32 years as head softball coach, Holmberg’s teams racked up more than 475 wins. Holmberg also served as the Morris Athletic Director for seventeen years.
Holmberg has served as the Minnesota State High School League 6A Athletic Director Representative. She has won several awards over the years, including being named Morris Area Teacher of the Year and Region 6A Athletic Director of the Year.
The “Breaking Barriers” Award will be given to thirteen women from across Minnesota, including Wendy Kohler, of the Alexandria Public Schools. The award will be presented as part of the 27th Annual Minnesota Girls and Women in Sport Day. A ceremony will take place at the Minnesota State Capitol at 12:00 p.m. Twenty athletes and sports leaders will be recognized during the ceremony; in addition to the Breaking Barriers recipients, the Minnesota Lynx and their coach, Cheryl Reeve, will be honored for their work as positive role models in female sports.