Inductee Profile

Louie Foss

2007

Nominated as a Promoter of Sports, Louie was a 1962 RLHS graduate. He established the Rice Lake Men’s basketball league in 1976 and served as Commissioner for its first 9 years. He was a member of the Rice Lake Hockey Association for 19 years, serving on the Board of Directors for 5 years, secretary for 3 years and was editor of the Association’s newsletter for 5 years. He was an officer for the Indianhead Stock Car Racing Association for 3 years and editor of the weekly racing program, “Keepin’ Track” for 16 years. Louie was basketball coach at WITC in 1973, co-chaired 5 WBA semi-finals and 2 state tournaments in Rice Lake from 1970-75, helped form the Rice Lake Arrows amateur baseball team in 1981, was a member of the Rice Lake Parks and Recreation Board of Directors from 1985 to 1989, has been a certified basketball official and baseball umpire, coached youth baseball at all levels; American Legion, Babe Ruth and Little League, coached in the Rice Lake Boys Basketball league and served on the Board of Directors of the Rice Lake Youth Soccer Association. As publicity chairman for different organizations, he wrote numerous sports releases to the area media. Most recently Louie has been a member and board member of the Rice Lake Sports Hall of Fame Committee since its beginning in 2000. In high school, Louie was a two year letter-winner in football. In baseball he was a 3 year letter winner and co-captain and short stop for the 1962 team that set a Warrior record for consecutive wins at 11. As a junior he helped the Warriors to their first appearance in the WIAA State Baseball Tournament and two Ho’N titles in 1961 and 62. He played 4 years of American Legion baseball, earning co-MVP honors in 1962. As a left-handed hitter and catcher, he played amateur baseball from 1963 to 1976 for the R.L. Robins, Cubs and Squires, which included managing the Robins at age 20 in 1964, 6 Independent League championships and 2 WBA Finals, winning one in 1972. He also excelled in fast-pitch softball for Rice Lake from 1963 to 1972 in the Barron County League. Louie served in the Army in the Republic of S. Korea from 1968-70, and in 2002 retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Louie Foss