Blaine Knoll often did double duty in sports. As an athlete, he played baseball or fastball for 16 years, football for seven, hockey for 22 years and golfed for 25 years.
Equally significant were achievements as a builder. He coached high school football at Evan Hardy Collegiate where his teams won five provincial championships - 1967, 1968, 1977, 1978 and 1979. He coached wrestling at Evan Hardy for 11 years and one athlete, Bob Molle, became an Olympian.
Blaine coached track and field for three years and midget, juvenile and junior hockey teams over a four-year stretch. He was an assistant coach for one year and head coach for four years with the Saskatoon Hilltops.
He helped launch the Merchants softball tournament, which still exists, and the Nu-Central Oldtimers hockey tournament which ran 15 years.
He has been honoured with a lifetime merit award by the Saskatoon Secondary Schools Athletic directorate.