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East Grand Forks tabs Kasowski as head football coach

Ryan Kasowski

It’s a big week for Ryan Kasowski.

The former UND and Grand Forks Central standout athlete is getting married this weekend and Monday afternoon he became a head high school football coach for the first time.

The East Grand Forks School Board approved the selection of Kasowski around noon Monday as the new head football coach for the Green Wave.

“It’s always been a goal of mine to be a head coach,” said Kasowski, who said longtime Central coach Mike Berg drew him to the profession. “I was a student teacher in East Grand Forks, and I liked the kids. They seemed like hard-working, driven kids. It was always a goal of mine to get back to East Side.”

Kasowski replaces veteran coach Scott Oliver, who resigned earlier this spring.

Last football season, Kasowski finished his first year teaching and coaching at Grand Forks Central. Prior to that, he spent two years teaching and coaching in Kindred, N.D. He was a defensive coordinator for both Central and Kindred.

Kasowski will also be teaching health at both East Grand Forks Senior High and Central Middle School.

Kasowski’s first order of business is to round out his assistant staff and meet the players.

“My goal is to retain as many coaches as I can,” Kasowski said. “There’s a couple to fill, where I’ll try to bring in some guys I respect around the community.

“It’s tough in the summer to know the kids, but starting (today) I’ll be in the weight room introducing myself and building that relationship with the players.”

Kasowski was a standout football player at both Central and UND.

At Central, Kasowski was a running back-linebacker on a Knights team that won the 2005 North Dakota state Class AAA football title. It was Central’s first state championship since 1946.

Kasowski’s senior prep season he rushed for 1,745 yards and 18 touchdowns.

At UND, Kasowski was a captain and an all-conference first-team linebacker in the Great West Conference. He finished his career with 142 total tackles.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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