June 19, 2003 at 3:56 p.m.
Topping the list is Mark Erickson, who despite leading the Wildcats to back-to-back conference titles, will not be asked back this spring after three years as head coach. Although Aadland admits Erickson will be missed, he feels a change at the top will not affect the ‘Cats chances for a three-peat.
“We’ve had a successful golf program with a lot of different people as coach,” commented Aadland. “I don’t think anyone who knows the program believes that he had a whole lot to do with it. We have talented kids and coaches don’t need to do a whole lot.”
Three frontrunners have emerged for the head coaching job, all three are tied to the school district. With the boys golf season still months away, Aadland plans on taking his time in filling the position. Erickson was unavailable for comment.
If that wasn’t enough to worry about, Jeremy Young, head coach for the Chisago Lakes boys tennis team this past spring, decided not to return for another season. Young, who was in his first year as head coach, guided the ‘Cats to a third place finish in conference in 2003.
“Jeremy decided that one year was enough,” remarked Aadland. “He never claimed for one minute that tennis was anything but a minor recreation for him and he did it because nobody else would. He just wanted to get some coaching on his resume and he did that.”
The departure of both Erickson and Young run the count to four coaching positions available for next season and maybe five. A Middle School girls soccer head coach is needed along with at least one football position. With soccer and football coming up fast, filling those holes have become Aadland’s main concern.
“Those are the ones I’m worried about. I can wait until 2004 with golf and tennis if I wanted to,” said Aadland. “Soccer and football are fall sports so the level of urgency is a little higher. It would be nice to get some interest in some jobs and get them filled so we can move forward.”
Anyone interested in a coaching vacancy is encouraged to contact Aadland at 213-2526.