By Brady Ambrose
Caledonia head football coach Brent Schroeder was named the state Coach of the Year at the 2012-13 Minnesota Football Coaches Association annual awards banquet held at the Double Tree Inn in St. Louis Park April 6.
Schroeder was also named the 2A Coach of the Year after leading the Warriors to a perfect 13-0 season record and Caledonia’s third straight state title. In his three years as head coach the Warriors have posted a 40-1 record overall and Schroeder is the first coach in 2A history to win three straight state championships.
Jim Dotseth, who serves as secretary/treasurer for the MFCA and also sits on the committee that selects the coach of the year, said, “When you look at what Brent and his staff have done in the last three years, I think we made a good choice.”
Schroeder won the class AA coach of the year for the second straight season. After finishing 13-1 a year ago, with the only loss coming to P-E-M in the season opener in 2011, the Warriors have won 26 straight games including this season’s perfect mark of 13-0.
“I’m very humbled by it,” Schroeder said, “There were a lot of great coaches there and to be selected is just a tribute to the kids and coaches and all of the hard work that they put in. I’m very honored.”
Schroeder’s award marks the second time since 2008 that a Caledonia head coach has been named coach of the year. Current assistant coach Carl Fruechte was honored in 2008 for the same award after leading the Warriors to the state championship in that season.
Schroeder will also be an assistant coach for the South Team in the 40th Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game, which will be held Saturday, June 29 at Husky Stadium on the campus of the St. Cloud State University. The kick-off will be at 1 p.m. Warrior senior Collin Coffield will play for the South in the annual game.