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GIRLS SOCCER: Logen Larsen named BHS head coach

BEMIDJI — Logan Larsen was hired this week to lead the Bemidji High School girls soccer program. Larsen replaces Kelly Schoonover, who retired from the head coaching ranks during the offseason.

Larsen will be stepping into the head coaching shoes for the first time but he enters the job with extensive soccer coaching experience.

“I have a bachelor’s degree with coaching emphasis at BSU so I had the chance to learn from (BSU women’s coach) Jim Stone,” Larsen said. “I also was the junior varsity coach at Bemidji on the boys side for three years so I learned from (BHS head coach) Rick Toward and (varsity assistant) Jeff Mitchell. Right now I’m coaching the U-16 boys but I also hope to see as many girls U-16 games as I can this summer.”

Larsen, who graduated from Bemidji High School in 2004, inherits a team that finished 10-7 last year and lost its Section 8-2A playoff quarterfinal 4-1 to Elk River. Prior to last fall the Jacks were assigned Class A status by the Minnesota State High School League but in 2013 the program was elevated to Class 2A.

BHS will be a Class 2A program again this fall.

“I am fortunate to be walking into a good program that has had strong coaches at the varsity and feeder programs,” Larsen said. “I can’t coach (varsity players) in the summer but (Thursday) I had a meeting with the players to help them prepare and to set daily goals. I’m trying to get all of them involved with the Sanford Power Program but it is hard to set team goals until I see them in tryouts.

“I do know that these girls do expect to work hard and I expect them to compete and play with a style that is geared to success at a high level (of competition),” Larsen added.

BHS officials are also in the interview process for the vacant girls basketball and gymnastics head coaching jobs. Those positions opened when basketball coach Rick Kehoe and gymnastics coach Don Papreck both decided to step down.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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