Hayfield’s Pack inducted into NISC Hall of Fame

Published 4:06 pm Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has inducted Hayfield head boys basketball coach and athletic director Chris Pack in its 2024 Hall of Fame Class.  

Pack was a dominant force on the mound for the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs from 1995 to 1998. A four-year letter winner and four-time All-NSIC first team all-conference honoree, Pack was a member of SMSU’s 1996 NSIC Championship team.

Pack finished his career first in the SMSU career record book in innings pitched (274.1), victories (28), strikeouts (224), games started (40), and complete games (27). He still holds the career records for wins, complete games and innings pitched. Pack finished his career with a 28-11 record with four saves and a 3.31 ERA. 

Email newsletter signup

Pack was also named the NSIC Pitcher of the Year in 1995 as he led the league with a 1.23 earned run average. He was inducted into the SMSU Hall of Honor in 2009.
A 1998 ABCA first team All-Region honoree, Pack finished his senior season with a 9-2 record and a 3.12 ERA in 78 innings pitched. He helped lead SMSU to a school record 33 wins in 1998 and a runner-up finish in both the NSIC regular season standings and conference tournament. 

Voted three times by his teammates as SMSU’s Pitcher of the Year, Pack still holds school single-season records for wins (9) and strikeouts (82) in 1998.

Pack has taught math and been the head boys basketball coach at Hayfield High School for 24 years and been the AD the last 12. As a boys basketball coach, Pack has 386 career wins, four state tournament appearances, including back-to-back Class A State Titles in 2021 and 2022. Chris and his wife of 25 years, Linda, have four children, Rachel (22), Ethan (20), Seth (17) and Nolan (14).

The class of 2024 includes: Bryan Lippincott, Concordia University, St. Paul; John Alin, Minnesota State University Moorhead; Carly Boag, Minot State University, Matt Meuleners, Northern State University; Chris Pack, Southwest Minnesota State University; Shamus O’Grady, St. Cloud State University and the 2008-09 Minnesota State Women’s Basketball Team.