MOORHEAD -- Moorhead High School announced Gerad Fugleberg as the new head wrestling coach for the Spuds, pending school board approval. He was an assistant coach for Fargo Davies the last three seasons.
“It’s really a dream of mine to be a head wrestling coach,” Fugleberg said. “If you would’ve told me 10 years ago I’d be coaching in Moorhead and not in the Fargo system I would’ve told you you were crazy. I’m excited to make the transition and see what I can offer a team. I’m ready to get to work.”
Fugleberg graduated from Fargo South in 2010. He was a three-time letterwinner in football and five-time letterwinner in wrestling with the Bruins. He won a high school state championship at heavyweight in 2010, finishing second in 2009, and wrestled for Minnesota State Moorhead.
“We love his energy,” Moorhead athletic director Dean Haugo said. “Gerad is a passionate wrestling guy. He’s got the right demeanor to be really successful in Moorhead. He’s kind of a gentle giant kind of fellow. He’s a passionate, passionate teacher and coach.”
Fugleberg is the third Moorhead coach in the last three seasons, but Haugo feels Fugleberg could stick.
“We feel like Gerad is a guy who is going to blend in really well with our coaches and teachers,” Haugo said. “He’s the kind of young guy that could be at the helm of our program for years to come. We’re excited to get him involved, not only with sports but the school.”
Fugleberg says he wants to bring fun to the wrestling mat.
“I think we’re going to enjoy ourselves,” Fugleberg said. “My biggest thing is we’re out here and having fun on the mat and we like being wrestlers. We want to win, winning is one of the goals, but we’re going to have fun doing it.”
Fugleberg will teach physical education at Horizon Middle School and also plans to help with the Moorhead football program in some kind of capacity. Fugleberg played football in high school for current Moorhead football coach Kevin Feeney. He even remembered wearing Feeney’s No. 19 North Dakota State jersey to camps run by Feeney when he was a little kid.
“He’s a guy I’ve been looking up to since I was little kid,” Fugleberg said.