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Blugold Hall of Fame
Dave Bielmeier

A three-year football letterman and four-year track letterman, Bielmeier was the team captain and most valuable player in both sports during the 1975-76 school year. He started 31 straight games as a defensive lineman and was accorded All-Conference honorable mention twice. In track, he won the conference indoor and outdoor shot put titles in 1976 and set school records in both the shot put and discus. He qualified for the NAIA nationals in both events and placed eighth in the shot put at the national meet.

A former state prep champ in the shot put and discus at Wautoma High School, Bielmeier served as a student assistant coach when his participation ended at UWEC.

He then faced what may have been the most formidable challenge of his life when he battled testicular cancer during 1978 and 1979. Although the disease nearly killed him, he was able to complete his degree during his recovery and graduated in 1980 with a physical education major.

Bielmeier has been a coach at Edgar High School, where he did his student teaching, since 1980 and has been an elementary and middle school teacher at St. John's Catholic School in Edgar since 1983.

As an assistant football coach, Bielmeier has helped Edgar win 14 conference championships and three state titles with two state runner-up finishes. In 1998, he was voted the District 1 Assistant Coach of the Year and he has received his 20-year service award from the Wisconsin Coaches Association. As the head co-ed track coach, his girls' teams have won six conference championships with one state runner-up finish. His boys team is the two-time defending Marawood Conference champion. He was the District 1 Coach of the Year in 1993 and has been the Marawood Coach of the Year in each of the past two seasons.

Bielmeier and his wife Janice, an Edgar elementary school teacher for 26 years, are the parents of two boys: Paul, age 13, and Luke, age 10.

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