Former Dakota Wesleyan head men’s basketball coach Gordie Fosness has passed away at the age of 85. A Presho native, Fosness played football and basketball at Dakota Wesleyan before being drafted by the then Minneapolis Lakers in the NBA in 1957. Fosness returned to South Dakota after being cut and coached high school for a number of years before becoming the head coach of Wesleyan in 1961. He won 10 conference championships, 14 holiday tournament titles, and played in four NAIA regional playoffs, making the national championship twice. He is also a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, South Dakota basketball hall of fame and NAIA hall of fame.