Long time Macon football coach Hugh Dunn, a 1948 graduate of Missouri Valley College in Marshall, will be one of three alumni honored at a banquet on Friday, Oct. 12. as a part of the Homecoming festivities on Oct. 12 & 13. Below is a press release sent out by MVC:
Hugh Dunn '48,
Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Hugh Dunn came to MVC in 1941. After his first year at Missouri Valley he joined the Army. Dunn served in World War II, stationed in Germany with the D Company of the 253rd Infantry Regiment. He was injured in battle causing him to lose his left hand and lower arm. After the war, he received a Purple Heart and Silver Star Medal for his outstanding courage.
In 1945, at age 25 he returned to Missouri Valley where he played football and ran track for four more years. As an all-American running back, blocking back and quarterback, Hugh won national awards including the Williamson Trophy, presented to the most valuable small college player in the country. At quarterback, he helped lead the Vikings to 41 consecutive victories and two bowl game wins.
Dunn went on to have an outstanding coaching career at Macon High School. Dunn coached at Macon for over 40 years. Regarded as one of the top football coaches in the state, Dunn ended with a career record of 234-148-15, six league championships, and four playoff appearances.
In 1971, Macon High School named the football stadium after Dunn. The following year, he was elected to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes Hall of Fame. Hugh also has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Missouri Coaches Hall of Fame.