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Alexandria girls hockey coach resigns for new position

The head coach of the Alexandria girls’ hockey team has resigned to take a position in the Alexandria Area Hockey Association.

Activities Director Dave Hartmann said former head coach Andy Shriver stopped into his office yesterday to inform him of the resignation. The search is now on for another coach.

“He stopped in to see me yesterday and emotionally expressed that he would not be back and that he’s really going to miss the opportunity to work with the young women that he’s coached over the years,” Hartmann said.

Shriver was the first-ever head coach of the girls hockey program in Alexandria when he coached the team between 1998 and 2001. After leaving the program, he returned for another coaching stint starting in 2011. The team earned one state bid with Shriver as head coach last season.

“I’m sure someone will step us up and help us out,” Hartmann said. “At this point I don’t know anyone who is officially going to apply.”

The Alexandria athletic program will try to find a head coach as quickly as possible. Practice is scheduled to begin on October 28 and the first game of the season is at home against Albert Lea on November 8.

“I am concerned, obviously,” Hartmann said. “I am hoping someone will step forward. But again, it is late notice.”

The head coach will need time to prepare before the season begins. This puts the pressure on the district to find a head coach soon.

“There’s a lot of preparation that goes into this,” Hartmann said. “You don’t just show up the first day of practice.”

Hartmann said there are two assistant coaches currently in place, but neither expressed interest in the head coaching position. The new head coach will have the opportunity to take over a program with recent success. Last year, the Cardinals went 19-6-2 and played in the state tournament.

“This is a great program, we have great kids,” Hartmann said. “We are hoping someone will step up and take the reins.”

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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