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A.A. "Joe" Quintal



Born in Jefferson on Dec. 18, 1899. Elk Point High School. 1923 USD grad. Was coach and/or athletic director at Mitchell High for 40 years. In 1926 he was named coach and AD at Mitchell. He coached all sports until relinquishing basketball duties in 1949. Took the Kernels to 16 state basketball tourneys, winning state titles in 1932, '35, '40 and '48. Coached football for 31 years. 1928 team was 8-0 and four other teams had just one loss ('35, '46, '47, '55). Founded the Corn Palace Relays in 1947. In 1957 retired from coaching but remained AD and physical education director. Retired from Mitchell Public Schools in 1965. Was commissioner of the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference. Was one of the founders of the Eastern South Dakota Conference, organized as the 'Big Ten' in 1927. Served several terms on the board of control of what was then the South Dakota High School Athletic Association. Began coaching career at Vermillion High from 1923-25. At USD, although he was one of the smallest men on the squad, he starred in football (running 105 yards for a touchdown in the 1922 USD-SDSU game) and baseball. At Elk Point, captained 1917 state championship football team.










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