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Ricky Foggie, the option quarterback who helped bring respectability back to the University of Minnesota football program under Lou Holtz and then John Gutekunst, has been named at the head football coach at Park Center High School.
Foggie, 44, quarterbacked the Gophers from 1984 to 1987, leading them to an upset victory over Michigan in 1986 and two bowl appearances. He played for five different teams in 10 years in the Canadian Football League, then played for eight seasons in the Arena Football League. After retiring as a player, Foggie coached for four seasons in the AFL's developmental league, AF2.
His only high school coaching experience has been as an offensive coordinator at Burnsville.
Foggie replaces former Minnesota Viking defensive back Rufus Bess, who was the Park Center head coach for four years from 2007 through 2010.
Big news from Park (Cottage Grove) High School: The Wolfpack have hired former Major League pitcher Kerry Ligtenberg as their head baseball coach. Ligtenberg, a 1989 graduate of the school, takes over for longtime coach Reid Tschumperlin, who resigned.
Ligtenberg was a three-time letterwinner at Park before pitching for the Gophers in college. He then was a relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves from 1997-2002, finishing fourth in the 1998 American League Rookie of the Year voting.
Ligtenberg tried a comeback with the St. Paul Saints in 2009, but retired later that summer. Here's a story I did on Ligtenberg from his Saints "tryout" day April 30 of last year:
Via a press release from Visitation school:
Dan Jameson has been named as head softball coach at Visitation School, to commence at the start of the 2011 season. Dan comes to Visitation with 14 years of coaching experience, including three state championship appearances during his time at St. Bernard’s School, from 2001-2010, with state championships in 2002 (as an assistant) and 2004 (as head coach).
St. Bernard's, a Catholic school in St. Paul that has 16 state tournament appearances and seven state titles, is closing at the end of the year.
Ted Schultz, currently the activities director at Bloomington Jefferson, will take the same job at Minnetonka effective July 1. Schultz will take a position vacated when John Hedstrom was placed on administrative leave in January. Click here to read the full news release.
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