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Marv Sherrill



The most successful high school wrestling coach in state history, Sherrill guided Watertown for 35 years before retiring after the 2003 season. Sherrill's Arrows earned eight state Class A titles and had nine runner-up finishes. No coach has won more state wrestling titles. Watertown also won 14 Eastern South Dakota Conference championships and was region champ 18 times. Including one season at Brookings, Sherrill's career mark of 504-151-13 in duals is a state best. The 1960 Huron High and 1965 South Dakota State grad has been national high school coach of the year three times: by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association once each in girls track (1995) and wrestling (1997) and by the National Wrestling Coaches Association once (1999). He was inducted into the NHSACA's Hall of Fame in 1998. He is also a member of the halls of fame of the South Dakota High School Coaches Association and South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association. Sherrill was one of the coaches on the first international wrestling exchange team to Mexico and one of two coaches chosen to coach the first North team in the South Dakota summer all-star games. He coached Watertown's girls track team for 33 seasons. Under Sherrill, the Arrows won the 1978 state title, were runners-up eight times and also won eight ESD championships and 12 region titles. He coached the freshman football team for 35 years and never had a losing season. He was president of the South Dakota High School Coaches Association for the 1984-85 term and was on the executive board for 34 years. Sherrill grew up in Cody, Wyo., but moved to Huron at Christmas of his senior year. He was the first Tiger to win a state wrestling title. At SDSU, he wrestled for Warren Williamson, winning a North Central Conference championship at 137 pounds his senior year. He coached two years at Brookings, one as the head coach, before moving to Watertown.
























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