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January 24, 2020

11/13/2019 11:09:00 AM
Something unique from semifinals

Joel Alvstad
Sports Editor

Friday's state Class Nine-Man football semifinal matchup between Mt. Lake Area and Win-E-Mac pits two undefeated teams against each other.
But it also has a side story that I find quite interesting.
While it isn't all that uncommon to see a school's athletic director serving as a head coach, as is the case with MLA Coach Tim Kirk, it is extremely rare in high school sports to find someone in upper levels of school administration serving as a head coach.
I can think of only a couple of instances where a current high school principal is serving as a head coach. But only once in my career at Citizen Publishing have I ever seen a coach who was also a superintendent. My first few years at the paper, Westbrook-Walnut Grove's boys basketball team was coached by the district's superintendent, Steve Kjorness.
Win-E-Mac Coach Aaron Cook will be just the second head coach that I can think of who was also a superintendent.
What makes Cook particularly unique, though, is he is not the superintendent of the Win-E-Mac district, which includes the towns of Winger, Erskine and Macintosh.
Cook currently serves as the superintendent of the Ada-Borup school district. His daily travel between his regular job in Ada and his coaching job in Erskine covers a one-way distance of over 50 miles. Ironically, the Ada-Borup team also advanced to the state semis.

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