NEW ULM - Matt Dick, who has been the head girl's basketball coach at New Ulm High School for the past four years, has resigned from that position.
Dick has accepted a teaching position at Harrisburg, SD.
He said that one of the key factors in leaving was that the new teaching position is near his home town area.
"That is something that my wife, family and I have talked about for over a year now," he said. "I did have an opportunity to do it last year - I did have a job offer but turned it down to come back here. This time it was just too good to be true so I took it."
Dick said that he brought patience to the girl's basketball program here.
"To turn a program around you need time and it is a culture change," he said. "If you take away a couple of injuries a year ago and I think that we were really close to changing the culture. I do think that down the road what we have done what we have done the last couple of years is going to lead to success. There have been a lot of players that have played here that have shown that they want to put time in. I really think tha their best years are yet to come. Hopefully next year they start turning the corner and the year after that they will take off."
Dick said that is hoping that the players stay committed and keep working hard.
He said that his fondest memory here was his first season when the Eagles started out 4-0.
"We beat St. Peter, who was s ranked team," he said. "We even got to 12th in the state in Class 3A in the rankings. Marissa Klimmik got hurt right after that and we had a hard time filling the hole that she left."
He said that his second year, New Ulm was 12-8 against a tough schedule of teams.
But the last two years where New Ulm went winless and is on a 49-game losing streak, was due to a "perfect storm."
"It was not just one thing," he said. "You start with injuries and commitment so there was not just one thing that I could point to."
New Ulm High School Activities Director Chad Eischens said that Matt Dick "is a great guy and a great coach. He has been looking for another opportunity for his family in South Dakota and had a chance to do that. I could not be happier for Matt and his family."
Eischens now has one more head coaching spot to fill that includes a new head coaches in girl's hockey, volleyball, boy's soccer, assistant coach in girl's soccer and an assistant girl's tennis coach.
"We are adding an assistant coach for boy's hockey because of the big numbers in that sport," he said.
Eischens said that District 88 will have a few more teaching openings "and that makes these coaching jobs more attractive. We will start filling these as soon as possible."
HOFFMANN TO SIOUX FALLS: New Ulm High School softball player Brittany Hoffmann said that she will attend the University of Sioux Falls next year.
"I visited a lot of colleges and I wanted to find a college where I felt that worked for me," she said. "I did not want a small town (college) but I did not want big town like the Twin Cities. Sioux Falls is a perfect fit for me because it had everything I wanted."
Hoffmann was interested in Winona State, the University of Minnesota-Morris and St. Thomas.
LOCAL STUFF: Colin Wendinger (New Ulm Cathedral) has a 3-1 record for the St. Thomas baseball team. He has a 3.23 ERA. In 22 1/3 innings, Wendinger has allowed 24 hits, nine runs (eight earned) and has struck out 18 batters...Kyle Fischer (New Ulm High School) has a 9-1 pitching record for St. Cloud State. He has a 1.93 ERA. In 60 2/3 innings, Fischer has fanned 41...Zach Hoffmann (New Ulm High School) is hitting .351 for St. Cloud State. He has two home runs...Garrett Fisher (New Ulm High School) leads St. Cloud State with a .431 batting average. He also leads the team in hits with 44. He has a .529 slugging percentage...Aaron Pfaff (New Ulm Cathedral) is hitting .368 for St. John's. He has scored 22 runs and has 32 hits. Pfaff also has eight doubles, 11 RBI and a.460 slugging percentage to go along with a .462 on-base percentage. Augustana baseball player Alex Fink (Springfield) is hitting .450 with three home runs and 27 RBIs for the Vikings. Pitcher Jordan Milbrath, also of Springfield, is 7-1 with a 4.50 ERA and leads the team with 53 strikeouts. His seven wins also leads Augustana (32-16, 17-7 in NSIC).