Saints' Carlson Retires as Head Football Coach

By KBJR News 1

January 30, 2014 Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- St. Scholastica football coach Greg Carlson is retiring from that position after six seasons with the program, the school announced via news release on Thursday morning.

"I talked to several coaches that retired recently and they all mentioned that there aren't circumstances or situations that arise, that when these things happen it is time to retire," Carlson said. "You know when it's time and I know what they mean now. It is time for me to step away professionally and stop coaching football at a full-time basis."

Carlson, who is the only coach in team history, was hired in 2007 to lead the beginning of the Saints football program and has developed the team into a three-time NCAA Division III tournament participant.

In his six seasons, Carlson led the team to an overall record of (39-22), including an undefeated regular season in 2011. The team also has won the past three Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) regular season championships.

"It has been remarkable experience here at St. Scholastica," Carlson said. "I think the college did a great job setting the table to start a Division III football program. I was thoroughly convinced when I interviewed that all the pieces were in place to build a successful football program. Every second was rewarding."

A national search for Carlson's successor will begin immediately, with the team's current assistant coaches taking care of the day-to-day operations in the meantime.

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