In 2010, it was the one of the first times a Crookston native won a Division II football national championship, with Jake Coauette playing as a tight end for Minnesota Duluth.
In 2013 Crookston now has a Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national champion in Gordie Haug, who is an offensive assistant coach with North Dakota State, which finished the season 14-1 by beating Sam Houston State 39-13 Saturday, Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas for the national title.
Haug is a 2005 graduate of Crookston High School and was hired by the Bison in June last year.
"It was pretty amazing," Haug told the Times. "Not many coaches or players have an opportunity to play or coach in this type of game. I was very grateful to get there so early in my coaching career and will never forget it."
Haug's primary responsibility as a member of the coaching staff in running backs but also breaks down offensive film.
Before joining the Bison staff, he spent the previous five seasons at Bemidji State as a student assistant, graduate assistant and assistant coach. He graduated from Bemidji State in 2009 and earned his master's degree in 2011.
"I feel everything you do up to this point has paid off. If you work hard good things will happen," said Haug.
He plans on continuing his coaching career and hopes to reach the top one day.
"My goals have always been the same going into this profession," he said. "I just want to work for a great staff and a team that does it the right way. I hope to eventually be a head coach one day."
He's off to a pretty good start.