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Tom Kirchoffner resigns from West Fargo Sheyenne boys basketball program

The former Mustangs head coach, who had been with the program since its inception as a freshman team in 2012, cited a desire to focus on a new career path in a statement posted to social media late Friday afternoon

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Tom Kirchoffner announced his resignation from head coach of the West Fargo Sheyenne boys basketball team on Friday, April 29, 2022.
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WEST FARGO — Tom Kirchoffner has resigned from his head coaching position with the West Fargo Sheyenne boys basketball team.

Kirchoffner, who had been with the program since its inception as a freshman team in 2012 and had coached the varsity team since its inaugural season in 2014, cited the desire to focus on a new career path in a statement posted to Twitter late Friday afternoon.

"With my new job starting on Monday I've decided to resign as the Head Boys Basketball coach as well," the statement read. "I am fully invested in my new career and want what's best for myself and the program. It's been a rewarding 11 years at Sheyenne High School starting a program from scratch. I would like to thank all of the players I've had the gift of coaching and the coaches that contributed to the greatness of our program. I'm grateful for this opportunity that (former Sheyenne principal) Dr. (Greg) Grooters, (former Sheyenne activities director) Mr. (Ross) Richards, and (Sheyenne principal) Mr. (Ryan) Salisbury gave me. I'm also incredibly grateful for the support system at Sheyenne High School and the community. Go Mustangs!"

Kirchoffner led the Mustangs to five Class A state tournament appearances, the first coming in 2017 and most recent this past season. Sheyenne advanced to the Class A state championship in 2018 but fell to Bismarck Century 63-56.

Kirchoffner also led Sheyenne to two Eastern Dakota Conference crowns in 2018 and 2020, and was named Class A Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in '18.

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Kirchoffner finished his coaching career at Sheyenne with a record of 149-58, according to the EDC website.

Sheyenne activities director Cory Herrmann thanked Kirchoffner for his time with the program in a statement provided to The Forum.

"Tom is an absolutely outstanding coach and has focused on doing what's best for Sheyenne's student body since starting his career in West Fargo," Herrmann said. "We knew that his new career would have scheduling challenges and possibly interfere with coaching. He's the type of person that devotes his heart and soul into everything he does, so stepping away was obviously a difficult decision. His program's accomplishments are truly amazing and we are grateful for the impact he's had on Sheyenne students. He will be greatly missed and we wish him the best of luck in the future."

The search for Kirchoffner's successor, Herrmann said, will begin as soon as possible.

Ryan Spitza joined The Forum in December 2021 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Marquette, Mich., a city of 20,000 on the southern shore of Lake Superior. He majored in multimedia journalism and minored in public relations at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2019. While attending college, Spitza gained real-world experience covering high school and college athletics for both The Mining Journal and The North Wind.

Spitza can be reached at 701-451-5613 or rspitza@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryspitza.
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