Mohagen eager to take over as M State’s coachPublished 11:13am Thursday, March 29, 2012
When Jason Retzlaff, former M State men’s basketball coach, submitted his resignation earlier this week, the fate of his family were also sealed. Retzlaff, who didn’t comment about the reason for his stepping down on Wednesday, compiled a record of 113-58 during his six years at the helm, with help from his brother Ryan and his father Dave, both assistants in 2011-12.
Both assistants will not coach the Spartans next year, according to Retzlaff.
“I want to thank the community for all the support throughout the years,” said Retzlaff.
M State has announced that Josh Mohagen, former Spartan and former Fergus Falls Otter girls basketball coach, will take over for Retzlaff.
According to Mohagen, Retzlaff had an informal discussion with Mohagen, to gauge the Otters’ head coach interest, at a dinner between the two former M State and Otter players.
“Coaching college basketball has been a dream of mine for quite some time,” said Mohagen, who said the decision to leave the Otters girls basketball team was heart-wrenching.
Gary Schuler, Otters’ Activities Director, was not surprised with news of Mohagen’s departure. Schuler said the former Fergus Falls High School graduate alerted school officials his intention of resigning after the Otters girls basketball season, in January of this year.
Mohagen said he alerted Schuler of stepping down due to his intent of attaining a masters’ degree. He was unaware of the Spartan opening, at the time of his announcement to the Otters’ AD.
The Metropolitan State University grad led the Otters girls basketball team to a magical 2011-12 season, which included a sectional title and a third-place trophy at the AAA state tournament.
The Otters went 30-2 overall.
“Josh had a great year of coaching,” said Schuler.
While Mohagen hasn’t officially turned his letter of resignation before Tuesday, the Fergus Falls AD said a meeting with Jim Salentine, Norm Newell, Renae Rasmusson and other girls basketball assistant coaches would be the first step in moving forward.
“We want to sit down with them and entertain any wishes they may have,” said Schuler.