Basketball, Baseball and Football
Matt Thoeny was an outstanding athlete at Glencoe (Minn.) High School, graduating in 1929.
Winner of seven varsity letters at Carleton, he will be long remembered as a guard on the “Victory Five” basketball team, coached by Marsh Diebold. The teams he played on lost a total of only six games, all to Big Ten opponents, won three Midwest Conference championships and were undefeated at home. Thoeny was also an excellent hitter and infielder on the baseball team, and a star quarterback in football until injuries put him out of football early in his junior year.
Following graduation, Thoeny spent two years as an assistant coach at Carleton, then coached and taught at Canby High School for two years and Benson High School for one.
Thoeny served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War and was killed in action in France on November 8, 1944.