There was nothing Roger Lipelt loved more than being on the football field. From his years playing for Dick Mulkern in the 1960s here at Hamline to his days as a head coach at West Concord, Worthington, Wayzata and Providence Academy High Schools, Lipelt, who was named to Hamline's Hall Of Fame in 1995, passed away September 19 at the age of 70. He had battled cancer for many years.
Lipelt, a native of Owatonna, Minn., was a three-sport athlete at Hamline. He was a determined, hard-nosed performer during his four seasons of playing football and tennis for the Pipers. He also wrestled.
Upon graduation in 1965, he went into coaching, starting at West Concord, a small school in southeastern Minnesota. (The district has since merged with Dodge Center and Claremont to form Triton High School.) He spent six years at West Concord before moving back to his hometown to serve as an assistant football coach for a year. From there,he spent five years at Worthington before coming to Wayzata in 1976. He helped mold the Trojans into a powerhouse during his 21 seasons there. he retired but came back to coach seven seasons at Providence Academy. In addition to his Hamline honors, he was a member of the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
His funeral will be Tuesday, September 25 at St. Phillip The Deacon Lutheran Church, 1720 Co. Rd. 6 in Plymouth, Minn.