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The Alexandria School District 206 filled one of its coaching positions this past Monday and they did it with a guy who is no stranger to success in his sport.

The 206 Board of Education approved the hiring of Forrest Witt as the new boys' basketball coach at Jefferson High School on Monday evening. Witt is set to take over the reigns from John Holsten after Holsten served as the coach for 15 seasons.

Witt was a standout basketball player for Morris Area High School and then in college at St. Cloud State University. He is in the top 10 of a number of major statistical categories at St. Cloud, including third on the career-scoring list with 1,774 points in 121 games.

He had been second on the list until this past season when David Dreas passed him with 1,802 points.

Witt was a part of two North Central Conference championship teams in 2001 and 2003. He was named the NCC tournament Most Valuable player in both of those seasons. He was also named all-conference and all-region three times during his career as well as earning all-American honorable mention honors. He graduated in 2003.

The move to Alexandria will allow Witt to return to the Greater Minnesota area after spending the past four seasons in St. Paul as an assistant coach for the Concordia University Golden Bears men's basketball team.

Witt served as the recruiting coordinator and worked specifically with perimeter player development during his time coaching at the college level.

"We are excited to have Forrest join our coaching staff," Activities Director Dave Hartmann said. "He was an outstanding player in his own right. His ability to communicate and work with kids will be a great asset to our activities program."