While Maple Grove’s hiring of Wayzata defensive coordinator Matt Lombardi as just the second head coach in the school’s history made the biggest splash of the offseason (so far), other coaching vacancies have been filled.
Here’s a look at some of the other coaching moves that have taken place around the metro over the winter:
• Darin Glazier, head coach at Tartan for the last five years, is taking over the top job at Park of Cottage Grove with the departure of longtime head coach Doug Ekmark.
• Beau LaBore is leaving Woodbury after six years to become the head coach at Stillwater, replacing Scott Hoffman.
• Elk River has hired Steve Hamilton for the top football job. Hamilton, 40, is a Michigan native who has spent the last few years coaching at Woodlands High School in Cartersville, Georgia.
• Mike Hennen has been promoted to head coach at Cambridge-Isanti, taking over for Todd Larkin. Hennen has been the Bluejackets’ defensive coordinator for the last 10 years.
Also worth noting is that the High School All-Star football game will be coming back to the Twin Cities area.
After being held at Husky Stadium on the campus of St. Cloud State University for the last six years, this years' game will be played Saturday, June 25 at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
The game has also changed formats. The traditional Outstate vs. Metro matchup has been scrapped in favor of pitting the North vs. the South. Metropolitan area players will be eligible to play for either team depending on the location of their school.