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Scott Engelstad retires after 17 years of coaching at BHS

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Scott Engelstad has seen the Minnesota hunting seasons come and go during the past 17 years. An avid lover of the outdoors Engelstad has spent more time in recent years watching the geese fly over the tennis courts than he did trying to coax them into range from a hunting blind.

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In the summer he been has orchestrating tournaments instead of casting for panfish and in the spring Engelstad could only listen as fishermen talked about the early-season bite.

But that will change as Engelstad has resigned after 17 years of guiding the Bemidji High School girls and boys tennis teams.

"Seventeen years is a long time," Engelstad said. "And actually, because I was coaching the girls and the boys teams, I've been coaching for 34 seasons. It is time to do something else."

During his tenure the BHS girls tennis program compiled a 228-50 record. Engelstad guided three teams to the state meet. In 1999 the Lumberjacks captured the consolation championship and they also were sixth in 2007 and seventh in 2008.

Individually, four of the girls doubles teams qualified for the state meet including the tandem of Jamie Hoffman and Suzann Nordquist which went 3-1 at state and returned with the third-place medals.

The boys team also enjoyed success, posting a 145-126 dual meet record and advancing four doubles teams to state.

Engelstad's son Peder and Austin Seaverson qualified for the state doubles tournament in 2000, 2001 and 2002, finishing fourth in 2001 and 2002.

A year ago the doubles unit of Ben Holter and Sam Weaver also represented BHS at state.

"I was lucky to be involved with so many wonderful kids and so many wonderful parents," Engelstad said. "I will miss the interaction among the kids the parents and the coaches."

He will also leave the program filled with fond memories.

"The highlights of the past 17 years included all of the state tournament appearances," Engelstad said. "And I'll especially remember Peder's trips to the state and him finishing fourth those two years with Austin."

Spending more time with family is among Engelstad's top priorities and now he will have more free time to enjoy that aspect of life.

"I have a 2-year-old grandson and a new granddaughter and I want to spend more time with them," Englestad said. "I also want to spend time on the lakes and in the woods. There is a price you pay if you are a coach and you want the kids to be successful.

"But any success we've had has been because of the kids," Engelstad continued. "I never physically played a single point although mentally I played every point. Working with the kids has been remarkable and it's because of them that I've been a coach for 17 years.

"But now it is time to let someone else do it," Engelstad added.

Engelstad officially announced his retirement at Sunday's boys tennis banquet. He also announced this year's letterwinners which include:

SENIORS: Ben Holter, Ben Kloha, Justin Byers, Joey Wood.

JUNIORS: Levi Rickert.

SOPHOMORES: Adam Holter, Kyle Fodness, Craig Lindseth, Tim Paulus, Jack Boyer, Zach Hewitt, Hayden Byers.

FRESHMEN: Alec Hess.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Scott Engelstad has seen the Minnesota hunting seasons come and go during the past 17 years. An avid lover of the outdoors Engelstad has spent more time in recent years watching the geese fly over the tennis courts than he did trying to coax them into range from a hunting blind.

In the summer he been has orchestrating tournaments instead of casting for panfish and in the spring Engelstad could only listen as fishermen talked about the early-season bite.

But that will change as Engelstad has resigned after 17 years of guiding the Bemidji High School girls and boys tennis teams.

"Seventeen years is a long time," Engelstad said. "And actually, because I was coaching the girls and the boys teams, I've been coaching for 34 seasons. It is time to do something else."

During his tenure the BHS girls tennis program compiled a 228-50 record. Engelstad guided three teams to the state meet. In 1999 the Lumberjacks captured the consolation championship and they also were sixth in 2007 and seventh in 2008.

Individually, four of the girls doubles teams qualified for the state meet including the tandem of Jamie Hoffman and Suzann Nordquist which went 3-1 at state and returned with the third-place medals.

The boys team also enjoyed success, posting a 145-126 dual meet record and advancing four doubles teams to state.

Engelstad's son Peder and Austin Seaverson qualified for the state doubles tournament in 2000, 2001 and 2002, finishing fourth in 2001 and 2002.

A year ago the doubles unit of Ben Holter and Sam Weaver also represented BHS at state.

"I was lucky to be involved with so many wonderful kids and so many wonderful parents," Engelstad said. "I will miss the interaction among the kids the parents and the coaches."

He will also leave the program filled with fond memories.

"The highlights of the past 17 years included all of the state tournament appearances," Engelstad said. "And I'll especially remember Peder's trips to the state and him finishing fourth those two years with Austin."

Spending more time with family is among Engelstad's top priorities and now he will have more free time to enjoy that aspect of life.

"I have a 2-year-old grandson and a new granddaughter and I want to spend more time with them," Englestad said. "I also want to spend time on the lakes and in the woods. There is a price you pay if you are a coach and you want the kids to be successful.

"But any success we've had has been because of the kids," Engelstad continued. "I never physically played a single point although mentally I played every point. Working with the kids has been remarkable and it's because of them that I've been a coach for 17 years.

"But now it is time to let someone else do it," Engelstad added.

Engelstad officially announced his retirement at Sunday's boys tennis banquet. He also announced this year's letterwinners which include:

SENIORS: Ben Holter, Ben Kloha, Justin Byers, Joey Wood.

JUNIORS: Levi Rickert.

SOPHOMORES: Adam Holter, Kyle Fodness, Craig Lindseth, Tim Paulus, Jack Boyer, Zach Hewitt, Hayden Byers.

FRESHMEN: Alec Hess.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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