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Terry's Induction Ceremony

Terry Wynne, is a resident of Grand Forks, an employee of the University of North Dakota, and a 1977 graduate of Grand Forks Central High School, is as decorated as they come from both being an athlete and coach during his time at GFC. Terry was a three-sport athlete in his time at Central competing in tennis (1974-1977), football (1975-1977), and wrestling (1976-1977). He was an all-city football selection and KNOX player of the year in 1977. His most notable accolades come from his performance as a tennis player. A part of the 1975 and 1976 teams that won back to back state championships. A feat that had not been duplicated by Central tennis until this past year, 2020-2021. During the 1976 season, Terry also won the state doubles championship, playing alongside John Gambucci. In 1977, he placed 3rd.

His GFC career did not end after graduation. Terry became the Head Coach of the boys tennis team in 1980, just three years after graduation. He took the Redskins to a couple of state tournament appearances before taking over the girls program in 1983. While only serving two years as head coach for the girls tennis team, Terry coached the ladies to a second-place finish at state in 1984. He had individuals win back to back doubles state titles (1983 & 1984), an individual state champion in singles in 1984 and coached the National Player of the Year in 1984.

Even with all of the accolades Terry received throughout his athletic and coaching career, his most significant memories come from the people that shaped him. His great coaches were; Ron Bergh, Vince Ames, Duane Hennessy, and Serge Gambucci. The incredible administrators and teachers that “put up with us” were Larry Barker, Jim Lies, Buzz Ratzlaff, Mary Paukert, and many more.

Terry believes the truest testament that sets GFC apart from all other schools in the state is its tradition. It was something that he carried with pride when he attended, coached, and as he has parented. He described it as each person having different experiences, but all having the same memories. Friends remain, good times get passed on, and whenever he visits the school, he remembers that this tradition is what Central really is.