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Coach Q&A: Jay Long, Black Hills St.

The 2010 season was littered with peaks and valleys at Black Hills State. After winning six of their first seven games, the Yellowjackets stumbled with three straight losses to end the season, including a 23-20 double overtime defeat at the hands of arch-rival South Dakota Tech. A lot has changed since then. BHSU, now in its second year of...
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Coach Q&A: Myron Schulz, UMary

The University of Mary football team got a off to a rough start in 2010, winning just once in its first seven games. But the Marauders found their stride late, reeling off three straight wins to close the season. Needless to say, Myron Schulz is hoping to see his team pick up where it left off. Q. What were the factors that went into the...
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Long Road For Laqua

It takes time, energy and, perhaps most importantly, patience to rebuild a program. Those are all things Steve Laqua is keeping that in mind during his rookie season at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Fresh off a four-year stint as head coach at Fargo Shanley High School--a run that included consecutive North Dakota Class 2A...
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Coach Q&A: Steve Laqua, MSU-Moorhead

There is a new man in charge of the Minnesota State University, Moorhead football program. Steve Laqua was introduced Jan. 28 as the 17th head coach in program's 92-year history. He spent the previous four years as head coach at Fargo Shanley High School, where he led the Deacons to consecutive state titles in 2009-10. Laqua's introduction to...
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Coach Q&A: Gary Culver, Vermillion

Vermillion owned one of South Dakota's most dominant football programs in the 1990s, winning five state titles (1990-92, '95 and '99). But the Tanagers, like most high school dynasties, experienced a quick fall from grace and have struggled to return to that championship form. Head coach Gary Culver would love to see that drought come to an...
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Coach Q&A: Craig Clayberg, Tea Area

The Tea Area football team was one of the top stories of the 2010 high school football season in South Dakota. The Titans, losers of 21 straight games entering the season, finished 4-6 under first year head coach Craig Clayberg. Highlights included an upset win over Wagner--the Red Raiders ranked No.1 in Class 11B at the time--and a first round...
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