Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Grand Rapids, Minn. native Brandon Stemwedel had the experience in high school soccer of trying to repeat as section champion, and he hopes that will help him this fall as the new head coach of the defending Section 7A champion Duluth Denfeld girls' team.
The 24-year-old Stemwedel, also a St. Scholastica graduate, was hired in July and had his first practice with the team on Monday afternoon. He said he talked with them briefly about winning the section title with Grand Rapids as a sophomore and then trying to repeat as a junior and senior.
"I know exactly that feeling," Stemwedel said. "It's good to be here again and be able to teach young women how to do this thing again, emulate exactly what they did a year before."
The Hunters lost 10 players from last year's team, but Stemwedel wasn't sure how many of them played significant minutes. His team's first game is scheduled for Aug. 18 at the Lake Superior Conference jamboree.