Warrior Memories: Coach George Hartman

By Dick Trone September 25, 2009 07:08 am
It has been a real pleasure to get to know George Hartman over the past 25 years. His involvement in Del Norte High School sports programs and his involvement with students in general is really appreciated.

George was a 1955 graduate from a high school in Kansas. While in school he played football and ran track. His time of 4:24 in the mile run is still the school record. After high school he joined the Air Force and spent 21 years, 11 days serving before he retired at Requa. George first started coaching at Del Norte in 1993, when he worked as an assistant in track for coach Al Morris.

He has continued assisting in the track program ever since. Working for coach Morris, then for coaches Gary Hall, Terry Vance and now Scott Lindsey, has been real rewarding.

He had nothing but praise for all of them, and how much he learned from each. In 1994 he started coaching boys soccer as an assistant to Dan Gonzales and was with the program when they won  their only Humboldt-Del Norte league championship in 1995. In 1997 George took over as the head coach for the girls soccer program.

In 2000 he was selected to be a soccer coach for the World Scholar Athletic games.

These games featured scholar athletes from 151 countries and were held at the University of Rhode Island.

This is an experience he says he will always treasure. George has worked and still works as an assistant in the boys and girls cross country programs. Working first for Dave Boker and now for Kirk Burrows has been fun. He says he may be older, but he still continues to learn.

In 1978, 1980 and 1983  he had the great experience of working on the Iditarod Trail during that great Alaskan sled dog race.

While George is not a real native of Del Norte, he really is a true Warrior. You only need to talk with him for a short time to tell how much he cares about the youth of our community. The countless hours he has volunteered are really appreciated.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious  career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.