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Basketball: Germain released as Somerset boys coach

Somerset coach Taylor Germain is shown high fiving one of the team's ballboys following a Spartan win during the 2015-16 season. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

Taylor Germain has been relieved of his duties as Somerset boys basketball varsity coach.

The move was made by a vote of the Somerset Board of Education at its April 15 meeting. Germain has been the Spartan boys coach the past four seasons.

Germain is coming off his best season with the Spartans. They finished with a 9-13 record this winter. The Spartans' records in Germain's previous seasons were 7-17 in 2017-18, 4-18 in 2016-2017 and 6-16 in 2015-16. That gives him a career record of 26-64. The Spartans were 2-21 the season before Germain was hired.

Somerset athletic director Trent Probst said the position is posted to internal and external candidates, with the post closing on April 30.

"We'll see then if there's a candidate pool we want to move forward with," Probst said. "We're looking for people who interact well with kids," he said, saying they want someone who will give the players a strong knowledge of the game and who will fit in well in the high school culture.

Probst said previous head coaching experience would be a plus for a candidate, but isn't a must.

Germain is a 2003 Somerset High School graduate. He was the quarterback on Somerset's 2002 WIAA state championship football team. Germain was an all-conference athlete in basketball and football.

This is Germain's statement on his termination:

"Thank you to all of the former players I coached. I was lucky enough to spend four years with a lot of great kids. Athletics have had a big influence one of my life and have helped shape me as a person. I truly believe in educationb-ased athletics and the positive effects they can have on kids. It was awesome to be able to use the game of basketball to help guide young men and hopefully prepare them for the challenges they will face in their lives.

I want to thank all of the assistant coaches and youth coaches that I have worked with. I especially want to thank my Father Tim Germain who was an assistant coach for me the last four years. He has been a leader in the community for a long time. He has been a coach in Somerset for around 30 years in multiple sports at the youth and high school levels. He has taught me so much it's hard to put into words. His strong work ethic and competitiveness are noticeable to anyone that has been around him.

Lastly, thank you to the parents, community, friends, and family for the support over the last four years and moving forward."

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 more than 30 years.

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