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INDOOR FOOTBALL: Axemen set to reveal new coach, ownership group Friday

BEMIDJI — Less than two weeks after firing Robert Fuller, the first head coach in the franchise’s history, the Bemidji Axemen will announce his replacement Friday, according to a press release from general manager Adam Barnhardt.

The Axemen have scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. Friday in front of the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues at the Lake Bemidji waterfront.

At the same press conference, the four members of the new ownership group will also be introduced and be available for questions. The press conference is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend.

The Axemen finished a respectable 5-9 under Fuller in their inaugural Indoor Football League season, but a five-game losing streak to end the season ruined any shot the team had at making the playoffs.

The new head coach is just one of many changes being made by the franchise in its second year in existence.

Former majority owner Chris Kokalis sold his stake in the team to three owners: three locals and one from Roseau.

Former minority stakeholder Ross Ladehoff is one of the owners; the other three will be introduced at Friday’s press conference.