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Coaching changes

Coaching changes entering 2009-10 season

School 2008-09 Coach 2009-10 Coach Comments
Becker/Big Lake Marc Canton Jon Samuelson Samuelson played high school hockey at Pine City and club hockey at South Dakota State and Minnesota State-Mankato. This is his first head coaching position.
Bloomington Kennedy Todd Kennedy Dave Dillon Dillon was a four-year letterwinner at Bloomington Kennedy before playing for the University of Minnesota.
Champlin Park Paul Bailey Pat Janostin Janostin played at UM-Duluth and was a fourth-round pick by the New York Rangers in 1985.
East Ridge No program Doug Long Long previously coached both the boys and girls hockey programs at Stillwater.
Fairmont Mike Hitchcock Bryan Wilken Wilken is a 1989 Fairmont High graduate who most recently coached at the bantam level in Fairmont. This is his first high school coaching position.
Greenway Jeff Antonovich Jim Lawson Lawson is a 1979 graduate of Greenway High who played professionally in the East Coast Hockey League. He has coached in the Greenway youth hockey system and also has served as a high school assistant.
Kittson Central Scott Younggren Scott Klein Klein was a standout defenseman for what was then known as Hallock High in the mid-1980s. He played and coached as an assistant to Scott Oliver at UM-Crookston, and has been heavily involved in the Hallock youth program for several years.
La Crescent Andy Klingsporn Denny Hartman Hartman has been involved in youth hockey organizations in Wausau, Wis., and St. Cloud.
Mankato West Ken Essay Curtis Doell Essay stepped down after 10 seasons to become West's athletic director. Doell, a West assistant coach since 2000, played at UM-Duluth and in the American Hockey League.
Monticello Josh Solem Ben Monahan Monahan is a 1996 Robbinsdale Armstrong graduate who was a Monticello assistant for the last two seasons. He is completing his education degree at St. Cloud State.
North Branch Darrell Schulte Randy Gendreau Gendreau is a former varsity and junior varsity assistant coach at Chisago Lakes.
Prior Lake Dan Germundson Joe Pankratz Pankratz, a former Bloomington Jefferson and Omaha Lancers star, had been coaching in the Prior Lake youth system.
Richfield Mike Harris John Christ Christ is a former Spartans assistant coach.
River Lakes Jeff Boonstra Jeff Melby Melby was the head coach at Winadu High in Pittsfield, Mass., for six years. He also was a River Lakes assistant for two seasons.
Rochester Lourdes Aaron Gill Josh Spaniol Spaniol, a Rochester Mayo graduate, was an assistant in the Lourdes' program for the previous three seasons.
Roseau Scott Oliver Andy Lundbohm Lundbohm, a former Roseau player, was a Rams assistant coach for the previous five seasons. His staff includes former NHL players and Roseau natives Aaron Broten and Bryan "Butsy" Erickson. Oliver, who guided the Rams to a state title in 2007, will coach the junior varsity.
St. Cloud Apollo Kris Dougherty Pete Matanich Dougherty took the head girls hockey coaching position at Fargo North. Matanich, a 1997 Apollo graduate, had been a St. Cloud Tech assistant for nine seasons.
St. Cloud Tech Chad Hommerding Neil Andruschak Andruschak played at UM-Crookston and was both an assistant and head coach at St. Benedict.
St. Paul Academy Craig Norwich Joe Dziedzic Former Mr. Hockey took over the program in mid season after Norwich's resignation. Dziedzic played for Minneapolis Edison, the University of Minnesota and in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Shakopee Ed Loiselle Jeff Vizenor Vizenor was the head women's hockey coach at Minnesota State-Mankato for seven-plus seasons.

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