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New Prague coach Tim Dittberner resigns

By Star Tribune staff reports, 04/07/11, 9:11AM CDT


He led the Trojans to a fourth-place finish at state this year


From a news release:

Tim Dittberner announced today his decision to resign as head boys’ basketball coach of the New Prague Trojans. New Prague finished fourth at this year’s state tournament after they upset #1 seeded and defending state champion St. Paul Johnson in the first round.

Dittberner replaced Jeff Gravon, who passed away from cancer during the middle of the 2009 season, and led the Trojans two months later to the state tournament. New Prague’s overall record the past four years is 86-33.

Dittberner said, “This decision is based on what is best for me professionally, and more importantly, for my family. I do not want to miss the opportunity to see my daughter, Annie, play basketball her last two years of high school. I have enjoyed my time of being the head coach of New Prague boys’ basketball. The support from the high school and district administration has been outstanding. I will truly miss working with the wonderful players, parents, and coaches in the New Prague boys’ basketball program."

Dittberner has had five teams qualify for the state boys’ basketball tournament in his eighteen years as head coach. His Le Sueur teams made the state field in 1985, 1986, and 1988. The 1986 team won the state championship and the 1988 was the consolation champion.

He coached Le Sueur from 1983-1988, South St. Paul 1989-1997, and New Prague 2009-2011. Dittberner’s overall coaching record is 242-200. Dittberner is New Prague’s middle school principal.

Coaching Changes entering 2011-2012 season

TEAM 2010-2011 COACH 2011-2012 COACH
Albany Josh Dorn Cory Schlagel
Albrook Damien Paulson TBD
Andover Ryan Harshaw Nick Tibesar
BOLD Daren Sagedahl Jon Hamre
Centennial Chris Hergenrader Brandon Mortenson
Clearbrook-Gonvick Jeff Ostrom TBD
Dilworth-Glydon-Felton Jason Sunde Kyle Haberman
Eagle Valley Douglas Wold Ray Benning
Faribault Steve Lansing Scott Morrissey
Glencoe-Silver Lake Don Tangen TBD
Hawley Trevor Peterson Jed Carlson
Milaca Dave Leom Dustin Naumann
Minneapolis Edison Fritz Skinner Keenan Shelton
Mounds Park Academy Dan Haase Steve Hartman
New Prague Tim Dittberner Aaron Jasperson
Nova Classical Academy N/A TBD
Paynesville Ron Branstner Charles Andersen
Pierz Kurt Stumpf Dan Saehr
Pine City Eric Wicktor Kyle Allen
Proctor - Matt Berger
Roseau Mike Hagel Ken Hayden
Sauk Rapids-Rice Jon Roesch Rich Spiczka
Waseca John Hanson Todd Dufault
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross N/A Chad Klindworth
Windom Corey Christopher Dane Nielsen

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