Jay Elsen

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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Coach Q&A: Ed Meierkort, USD

The final season of the NCAA Division I transition has finally arrived at the University of South Dakota. And with a spot in the ultra-competitive Missouri Valley Football Conference--and the Summit League for all other sports--already secured, excitement is running rampant in Vermillion. The Coyotes were 4-7 in 2010, the first losing season in...
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Coach Q&A: Mike Aldrich, Augustana

The Augustana football program has plenty of reasons to celebrate. The Vikings boast some of the finest facilities in NCAA Division II (I dare you to find a better stadium than Kirkeby-Over), recruits are pouring in like never before, and they're coming off the most successful season in school history. Despite all that, second year head coach...
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