DMACC Impact Award
Attended Fall 1976 to Spring 1978
Retired PE/Adaptive PE Teacher, Ben Franklin MS, Fargo Public Schools
A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Jeff Fiechtner's talent on the baseball diamond helped him see the world. But after starring at DMACC during in the late 1970s, a cancer battle almost derailed it all. Diagnosed with a form of cancer that only had a 10% survival rate at the time, Jeff endured 26 months of chemotherapy before earning a clean bill of health.
In emerging from his cancer battle, Jeff went on to win two National Championships at Grand Canyon University. From there, he played two seasons in the San Diego Padres organization, four years in western Canada and three years in Australia. As he moved from country to country the wins and accolades accumulated, with Jeff earning several league championships and MVP awards.
While he loved his life on the road, his hometown called and in the late 1980s he returned to Fargo to teach and coach.
As a Physical Education and Adaptive Physical Education teacher at Ben Franklin Middle School, he has served thousands of students, instilling in them a love of activity.
As the baseball coach at Fargo North High School, he has been nominated as the National Coach of the Year three times. Additionally, he was inducted into the American Legion Post 2 Hall of Fame in 2007 for his service as head baseball coach with the club.