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Lindenberg resigns as Somerset softball coach

Cory Lindenberg

The resignation of Cory Lindenberg as the Somerset varsity softball coach was accepted at the August meeting of the Somerset Board of Education.

Lindenberg has coached the Spartan varsity softball team the past seven years. He will continue to teach at Somerset High School and serve as the Somerset varsity girls basketball coach.

Lindenberg said he based the decision on cutting back to coaching one varsity sport to spend more time with his wife and 1-year-old son.

"Before my son was born, it was a lot, but it was fun. From November to May there were two to three games a week. I'd see him 10 minutes in the morning. That's not the type of dad I want to be," Lindenberg said.

Lindenberg said he believes he's leaving the program in a good place, based upon the healthy number of players in the youth program. He said he expects Paige (Charland) Johnson to apply for the varsity position. She's been an assistant coach the past three years and last year she took on several of the administrative roles for the team, along with working closely with Lindenberg in practice planning and during games.

"She was like a shadow coach last year," Lindenberg said.

Anyone interested in applying for the position can contact Somerset athletic director John Walsh.

Lindenberg was one of the few area coaches who had been coaching two varsity sports. He's seen the time demands of being a varsity coach continue to increase.

"If you're running a good varsity program, it's a year-round thing. Doing that for two sports is a lot of work," he said.

Lindenberg said he appreciated the support he received from the parents all through the softball program, who have devoted the time to help build the foundation for a strong youth system.

"It's been an honor and a privilege to be the Somerset softball coach. The experience was very gratifying," Lindenberg said.

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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