Remembering Bob Feeney | VideoLee Timmerman | 7/30/2012
Bob died today at his home with his family by his side. Feeney was the head coach at Bismarck High for 25 years. Mark Gibson followed Feeney at B.H.S. and Mark played on one of Bob`s state championship teams, "He was like a second father. He was a guy I always looked up to," Gibson says, "If I ever had problems I could always lean on him. He was very instrumental in me coming back here to coach in North Dakota, and I owe everything I know to him and truly, truly a sad occasion."
Feeney took over the Demons in 1974 and his teams won 169 times. Bob won 65 more coaching at Cavalier and Trinity before coming to the Capital City.
Jim Haussler knows the legendary coach truly loved the game, "I always think for Bob there was four F`s in his life, his faith, his family, his friends and of course it was football," Haussler recalls, "You had to be careful after you used your napkin because Bob might put a play on it that was just Bob Feeney. He loved drawing up plays. He loved the game of football. You used to hear stories about him at Christmas time lining up the family in formation around the Christmas tree. I`m not sure if it`s true or not but he was a guy who loved football. You couldn`t sit down without Bob drawing up a play, you really couldn`t that was just the way he was."
Feeney was inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1990 and he received a once in a lifetime Special Achievement honor from the Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association in 2003.
Coaching remains in the Feeney family. Bob`s son Steve is an assistant coach for Bismarck High and Bob`s son Kevin is the Head Coach at Moorhead High School.