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New Richmond boys basketball coach Jim Kannel announced Monday that he is stepping down from his head coaching position after four seasons.

The Tigers are coming off a difficult season where they finished 4-17. The Tigers started this season with high expectations, making their return to the Middle Border Conference. The Tigers tried to offset being the shortest team in the conference by being a running team early in the season. That resulted in the team starting the season 0-10. The Tigers then slowed their pace and played under more control. That resulted in a flurry of wins, before the Tigers hit another rough stretch at the end of the season.

Kannel's record in his four seasons as Tiger coach is 28-58. He had coached the Tiger girls team for four years before taking over the boys team. Kannel also coached for several years at Greenwood before coming to New Richmond.

Kannel informed his players of his decision in a team meeting after school on Monday. He had submitted his resignation to athletic director John Ball earlier in the day.

Ball said he will wait until after the April 21 New Richmond Board of Education meeting to begin the search for a new coach. The school board will act on Kannel's resignation at that meeting.

First Ball will post the position internally to see if any staff members are interested. If no qualified person takes the position, he would open the job to the public in mid-May.

Kannel said the decision was made mostly for his family. He and his wife have two children. Kannel also coached his son in youth basketball and plans to continue involvement in youth sports.

"It's more time and commitment than people want to believe," Kannel said, saying that coaching has become a year-round position.

Kannel said he believes the program is headed in the right direction, with a freshman team going 19-1 this season and an undefeated eighth grade team.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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