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With a handful of coaching spots to fill, Jamestown High School athletic director Jim Roaldson is in for a busy summer. One opening was filled on Wednesday as Andy Fitzgerald was named new head coach of the Blue Jay girls hockey team. Fitzgerald moves over from the boys team where he's been an assistant coach since 2002. "I thought it was a good opportunity for me and timing-wise it seems to line up pretty well," said Fitzgerald, who also has two young hockey-playing daughters. "I'm ready for the next challenge in my life."
Nate Rodriguez got some good-natured ribbing, but nothing too severe. The three-sport standout at Valley City High School recently signed with the University of Jamestown baseball team. In doing so, he became the rare Hi-Liner product to sign with his hometown's chief rival. "Some of my friends that are going to VCSU were heckling me and giving me a bad time, but they were just kidding around," Rodriguez said. "A lot of people have been very supportive, even some diehard VCSU fans were congratulating me and wishing me the best."
Jordan Koushkouski's been a key cog in the Jamestown tennis operation for more than a decade. An assistant coach since 2005, and head coach for the last year-and-a-half, Koushkouski is headed for California and a new career opportunity. Leaving the program he played for in high school, and coached for the last 12 years, was a difficult decision. "It's been a great experience. It wasn't like I was looking to leave coaching at all," the 2003 JHS grad said. "If I could have it my way I'd still be coaching, but things don't work out like that all the time."
Despite a bumpy start to the summer, there's no panic for Post 14. Having two veteran horses to send to the mound also helps. Off to a 1-7 start, Nolan Kratz and Ben Friebel helped steady the ship on Friday with back-to-back complete games as Jamestown swept Mandan by identical 4-3 scores at Jack Brown Stadium.
The bell at Newman Arena will ring after every Jimmie win. The first ding could be for the building itself. Fast progress is being made on the spacious 61,000-square-foot arena, which will begin hosting University of Jamestown sporting events in the fall.
Leaving the program he started was excruciating for Dean Stork. The University of Jamestown hockey coach said he "cried buckets" over the decision to step down, but it was something he had to do. Stork's wife and two daughters live in Ohio, and he has an NCAA Division I assistant coaching opportunity lined up. An official announcement on the location will come at a later date.
University of Jamestown hockey coach Dean Stork has resigned. Stork has been hired as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), an NCAA Division I program, which plays in the NCHC alongside UND. Stork led the first-year Jimmie hockey team to a 20-10-3 record and a No. 18 ranking in the final ACHA Division top 25 poll. "Believe me, this wasn't a knee-jerk decision," Stork said. "In 12 years of coaching, this was hands down one of the toughest decisions that I've had to make."
The Jamestown Miller Lite Merchants have won nine state championships, but had yet to put a player in the North Dakota Amateur Baseball Inc., Hall of Fame. That'll change this weekend when three of the best Merchants get their due. Steve Bennion, Kevin Gall and Jeff Gould, along with Steve Eamon, will be inducted on Friday during a ceremony at the Knights of Columbus. A social will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the ceremony at 6:30.
Professionally, it was an opportunity Luke Anderson could not pass up. However, that did not make it any easier for Jamestown High School's boys' basketball coach to step down. Anderson has been hired as principal at Gussner Elementary School, ending his three-year run as head coach and 10 total in the program. "It was a tough decision for sure. I did a lot of soul searching," Anderson said. "I preach family within our basketball program, but I had to make a decision for my other family. "I enjoyed every bit of it. I'm going to miss it. No question about it."
Jim Clark is ready to get some rest, finally. Entering his 40th year as a coach at the University of Jamestown, Clark has stepped down as head coach of the Jimmie women's track and field team. Clark, 67, isn't leaving entirely, far from it. He'll remain as head women's cross country coach and serve as an assistant in track and field.