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Northland Announces Resignation of Coach Guy Finstrom

Northland Community and Technical College’s Dean of Student Development, Steve Crittenden, announced today that Northland’s head football coach Guy Finstrom has resigned due to personal reasons.  Dr. Anne Temte, Northland’s President, shared, “We respect Coach Finstrom’s decision.  We appreciate and thank him for all of his years of service to the students of Northland.  He has made a tremendous impact in the lives of many people.”

Steve Crittenden has appointed Tony Wiseth, Northland’s assistant football coach and offensive coordinator, as interim head coach through the rest of this season.  Finstrom coached football, women’s basketball, women’s softball and baseball for Northland.


•Finstrom served as Northland’s head football coach since 2001.  His football coaching record at Northland was 42 wins and 49 losses.  Finstrom’s team made the Minnesota Community College Conference (MCCC) Semi-Finals in 2001 and 2006.  In 2002 they were the Northern Division Champions, MCCC State runner’s-up and participated in the Graphic Edge Bowl.


•Finstrom served as Northland’s women’s basketball coach since 2006.  He accumulated the record of 73 wins and 54 losses.  Since 2006 he led the Pioneers to four straight Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) State tournaments, three Region 13B appearances, winning Region 13B championships in 2007 and 2010, and runner's-up in 2008.  The 2007 and 2010 teams reached National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Women's Basketball national tournaments.  They placed seventh in both 2007 and 2010.


•Finstrom coached the women’s softball team in 2010.  He ended the season with six wins and 28 losses.


•Finstrom coached the men’s baseball team from 2001 - 2004, with a record of 52 wins and 56 losses.  He led the Pioneers to the MCAC State Tournament in 2001 through 2004.  


Steve Crittenden stated, “We will begin the process for finding a replacement for his coaching duties immediately this fall.  In the meantime, we have every confidence that Tony and the rest of the coaching staff will continue to lead our football team in excellence.”