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Fargo South hires new football coach

FARGO-Fargo South announced Thursday, April 6, the hiring of Tyler Kosel as its new head football coach. Kosel is an Edgeley, N.D., native, who graduated from Valley City State University in 2013."He's just got great energy, excitement for the ga...

Tyler Kosel
Tyler Kosel

FARGO-Fargo South announced Thursday, April 6, the hiring of Tyler Kosel as its new head football coach. Kosel is an Edgeley, N.D., native, who graduated from Valley City State University in 2013.

"He's just got great energy, excitement for the game and working with kids," South athletic director Mike Beaton said. "That's something that drew us toward him, that understanding of how to motivate players to not only be the best football players, but people they can be."

Kosel takes over for Troy Mattern, who was named Fargo Shanley football coach on Jan. 9. Mattern was the coach at South since 2010, going 52-21 with the Bruins and leading the team to North Dakota Class 3A state titles in 2010 and 2013. Mattern took over at Shanley for Rod Oksendahl, who retired at the end of November. Oksendahl was 56-14, with a state title, in six years at Shanley.

"Those names have been huge in North Dakota coaching for many years," Kosel said. "There's going to be some pressure with the job. I'm just very fortunate to get the opportunity to take over at a place like Fargo South. The tradition speaks for itself. I'm very honored to be part of that."

Kosel played football for Valley City State from 2008-12. He was a graduate assistant coach for Valley City State during the 2013 season and the head coach at Gila Ridge High School in Yuma, Ariz., for the past three years.

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"I bring a lot of energy to the table," Kosel said. "Definitely, my practices are very up-tempo, we try to get it as game-like as possible. I like to run around, be a part of it, get the guys going.

"A few things were factors were in (the move back from Arizona). My family is still all up in the area. I'd always thought I'd get back in a couple years. It just felt like the right fit, touring the school. It was one of the jobs that would be on my list if I'd come back."

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Murphy has covered sports in Chicago, Minnesota and North Dakota since 2009, working for The Forum since 2012. Contact: cmurphy@forumcomm.com or 701-241-5548
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