Tom Roos, Mitch McGuire both back coaching for Alexandria, Osakis this fall before making move to Alexandria College

Tom Roos and Mitch McGuire accept coaching positions at Alexandria Technical and Community College.

Alexandria girls soccer coach Tom Roos talks with his team before a drill during an Aug. 18 practice at Alexandria Area High School. The Cardinals are looking to build on a 10-win season from 2019. Starting in 2022, Roos will coach the men's and women's soccer team for the Alexandria Technical and Community College Legends. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Alexandria Technical and Community College is adding three teams to its athletics program starting in 2022.

Volleyball and men’s and women's soccer programs are on the way, and two familiar faces are assuming head coaching duties. Tom Roos, the Alexandria head girls soccer coach, is taking over both ATCC head coaching roles. Osakis volleyball head coach, Mitch McGuire took the volleyball job.

“We are excited for the high level of coaching talent we continue to attract to build our Legends program and our inaugural team,” ATCC President Michael Seymour said in a release.

Volleyball and soccer join baseball, clay target league, E-sports, golf and fishing as part of the ATCC Legends athletic department.

Tom Roos has been coaching the Alexandria girls soccer team since 2005, and has been named Section 8A coach of the year twice. In 2019, he was named Class A coach of the year, and has been an active member in growing soccer in Alexandria.


"I wasn't looking for a change, and this is a very difficult change," Roos said from his annual soccer camp at Alexandria Area High School on July 28. "I've always been, and will continue to be, passionate about Cardinal sports. I felt this is an opportunity to work with another group of young men and women and to have a a positive impact with them."

Roos plans to coach the 2021 Alexandria girls soccer season before heading across town.

"I am all in this year," Roos said. "As usual, my staff is all in too. We are looking forward to trying to create a great experience for all of our kids this fall. That includes a positive and successful season."

Roos has received encouraging feedback from the community over the last week about his move to the collegiate level.

"It's been very positive," Roos said. "People have expressed to me that I may even be missed. It's been positive and supportive. I feel very good about where I'll leave the Cardinal soccer program with there being a chance that it will continue to evolve. There's a chance for real, positive change that I'm hoping takes place."

McGuire has coached volleyball at the high school level at Little Falls, St. Michael-Albertville, La Qui Parle Valley, Alexandria and Osakis. He also played men's volleyball at the Division III level at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

“Athletics have been part of my life for as long as I can remember,” McGuire said in a release. “As a former college student-athlete, and now as a coach, I know the hard work, sacrifice and unwavering dedication it takes to compete at the collegiate level. Becoming the inaugural head coach as Alexandria launches its new program is an opportunity I cannot pass up.”

McGuire will still coach the Osakis volleyball team during the 2021 fall season before the Silverstreaks look for a new head coach in 2022.


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Osakis head volleyball coach Mitch McGuire explains a drill to his players at a practice last Monday at Osakis High School. (Jared Rubado)

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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