Distinguished alumni

Larry “Bubb” Korver Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

After graduating from Northwestern Junior College in 1954, Korver earned a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University and coached high school football in Orange City, Walnut Grove, Minn., and Luverne, Minn. From 1967 to 1994 he served as head coach of Northwestern’s football team, compiling a 212-77-6 record. He led the Red Raiders to the NAIA national playoffs 11 times, capturing the championship in 1973 and 1983. His teams finished as runners-up in 1972, 1979 and 1984 and were semifinalists three years.

Thirty-two of Korver’s players earned All-American honors, and he was named national coach of the year in 1973 and 1985. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1990. While his teams had great success, Korver always emphasized one of his highest goals was to prepare young men to be outstanding husbands, fathers and leaders in their community.

Award year: 2012