May 19, 2017 07:10 PM
(ABC 6 News) – After leading the Caledonia Warriors to three Class AA state boys basketball tournaments and four straight Section 1AA championship games, head coach Josh Diersen has decided to step down.
Diersen and the high school confirmed Diersen's decision to step down to ABC 6 News on Friday. Diersen said “everything is good,” he just needs to “spend more time with family and (his family business) working on his dairy farm”.
Caledonia Activities Director Scott Sorenson said Diersen is “at peace” with his decision, and he was “very happy with the direction of the program, the staff, the community, and the support” of the administration.
Sorenson also added that the school is “sad to see Josh go,” hoping he would continue leading the Warriors program for the next 20 years. “They have done it the right way by building from the youth levels up,” Sorenson said in a statement e-mailed to ABC 6 News. “I understand he is doing what is best for him and his family, and I applaud him for that. We would welcome Josh back at any time if he decides he wants to get back into (coaching).”
Sorenson said the school is currently in the process of looking for Diersen’s replacement, but Diersen is recommending Brad King for the job.
Brad King is the father of Caledonia’s all-time leading scorer and future South Dakota State Jackrabbit Owen King. King, who will be a senior next season for the Warriors, led the team by averaging 23 points per game. King’s younger brother, incoming sophomore Noah, averaged 20 points per game. The youngest brother in the King family is Eli, who will be an eighth-grader next year.
Since the 2013-2014 season, Diersen’s Warriors are 107-16 overall. They reached the Class AA state tournaments in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The Warriors reached the Class AA state championship game in 2015 before falling short to Melrose, 63-51. This past season, the Warriors fell to Lake City, 55-51, in the Section 1AA championship game.
Updated: May 19, 2017 07:10 PM
Created: May 19, 2017 06:49 PM
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