NCTC Suspends Football Program

Northland Community and Technical College has reached the decision to suspend its football program as of December 20, 2013. The decision was precipitated by the resignation of Head Coach Merle Johnson last week. Coach Johnson has accepted the head coaching position at another regional college.

This decision was reached after consideration of many factors by the college administration.
The college will examine the impact of the decision to determine if the program should be reinstated.

Thief River Falls Dean and Athletic Director Steve Crittenden emphasized that he is grateful to Coach Johnson for his exemplary work with the football team over the past three years. Northland Community and Technical College extends its best wishes to him in his new opportunity.

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.