Like last year, Milaca High School will enter the upcoming school year with some major coaching changes.
Steve Waddell has stepped down as head volleyball coach and Amanda Wojciechowski has resigned as head girls basketball coach.
Waddell, head coach for two seasons at Milaca, has taken the head volleyball coaching job and a teaching position at Melrose. Wojciechowski, head girls coach for one season, decided she would like to spend more time with her family. And, she works in the Elk River School District, which made it hard for her to adjust her schedule.
Milaca Athletic Director Jerry Westphal was able to quickly fill the volleyball position.
Pending school board approval, Jamie Taylor, who’s held several coaching positions at Milaca and was junior varsity volleyball coach last season, will take over as head volleyball coach. Gwen Garber, who’s coached at several levels at Milaca and is currently co-head track and field coach, will be junior varsity coach.
“It’s tough to find coaches at this point of the summer and we’re fortunate to have veteran coaches like Jamie and Gwen available and excited to take on the volleyball coaching jobs,” said Westphal. “We hope to have the girls basketball position filled by the start of school.”
In Milaca’s other fall sports, Randy Johnson returns as head football coach, Joe Wildman is back as head boys and girls cross country coach and Jennie Burroughs and Joe Wenner return to head the girls swimming and diving program. Sarah Marte is back as diving coach.
In June, Mitch Vedders and Clay Hoeck were named co-head wrestling coaches, taking over for veteran Randy Zimmer.
The fall sports teams begin practice next Monday, Aug. 13.
The volleyball team begins its season with a tournament at Albany Friday, Aug. 24, while the cross country team hosts its annual early bird meet Monday, Aug. 27. The swimming and diving team opens by hosting Big Lake Tuesday, Aug. 28 and the football team begins play Thursday, Aug. 30, at Becker.
So much for the summer, huh!
Johnson is hoping for a good turnout when the Wolves begin drills Monday. Players in grades 9-12 should report to the locker room at 7 a.m. to check out lockers and pick up registration forms and Minnesota State High School League information.
Practice sessions will be from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day next week. That schedule will continue through Aug. 22.
The Wolves will hold their annual “football extravaganza” Thursday, Aug. 23, starting at 5:10 p.m. at Claffy Field. A full evening of entertainment, including scrimmages involving all levels of teams, is scheduled. The “fun and games” will include the National Guard Climbing Wall and an obstacle course.
Watch for a full schedule of the Aug. 23 event in next week’s Times.