Don, Brenda and I were all part of the NSU coaching staff for over 10 yrs and during that time he showed us again and again he was much more than just a basketball coach. He took time to post pictures of me from college around the Barnett Center just to let us both know there was always time for a good laugh and our lives did not have to completely revolve around our coaching. He often wrote notes to us when our teams had had good meets and knew when our team had done well when very few others noticed. We all attended Coach Kretchman’s bible study/coaches fellowship lunches on Wednesday afternoons. He encouraged me to think and to question the simple answer. He always had time for my sons. He would be sure to ask Aaron how track was going and to make sure he got a high five from Drew. He delivered the commencement address at Roncalli when Aaron and Ty graduated and signed books for Christmas presents that I sent out. He left Brenda and I a phone message right before we left Aberdeen that I will be forever grateful for. His record of basketball wins is impressive, but he was way more than a basketball coach. You will be missed, Don.
– Jim and Brenda Fuller