Coach Pahlen's career at Superior High School began in 1971. He spent 32 years as boys head swimming and diving coach, 24 years as girls head swimming and diving coach, 11 years as boys head tennis coach and 32 years as physical education teacher as well as being committed to developing the best student athletes.

His teams achieved numerous WIAA, dual meet and Lake Superior Conference championships.

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Known for his empathy, encouragement and praise to even the slowest of a team, Pahlen's team members feel valuable as he asked only that they try their best.

"His excitement at seeing any one of us hit our 'personal best' time was as great as seeing one of us win. He managed to take an individual sport and bind them as members together," said a former student.

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The Superior Athletic and Academic Hall of Fame banquet is Saturday at Superior Middle School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Cash drawings will be held immediately following the induction ceremony.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call Ray Kosey, SHS activities director, at (715) 394-8720 (ext. 149).