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Christensen is named Region 1 Coach of the Year

Tanner Christensen was named Region 1 Coach of the Year. The Bearcat coach transitioned his team from 9AA when he began in 2014 to 11B this year. The Bearcats first year in 9AA came in 2013. Prior to that the Bearcats were an 11B football team. Christensen will receive the honor during the halftime of the 7 p.m. 11AAA contest in Brookings.

Christensen came to Webster in 2014 and for the past six seasons has been the Bearcats head coach. Prior to that he was assistant at Wagner from 2010-14. The veteran coach has a record of 49-13 after an impressive 10-1 record this past season and took the Cats to the semi-final contest against Winner.

Christensen attributes this honor to, “Having hard working young men who trust you is a necessity. I do not believe I would be in this position if it were not for the men that I have had the privilege of coaching for the past six seasons here in Webster, as well as having some great assistant coaches.”

Prior to the season beginning Christensen said, “Honestly, I’m not sure what I expected overall. We knew that there were some tough teams that we had to compete against week in and week out and just focused on one game at a time. As a coach, we looked down the line and thought Milbank and Mobridge-Pollock were going to be some pretty tough games. We also knew that Groton Area was going to test us, just due to the rivalry of being 29 miles away from each other. We knew we had athleticism on our side, but we had to believe in one another and be resilient to be as successful as we were this season.”

This past season Christensen stepped out of the school system to take a job in the private sector but wanted to continue to coach. He said, “Not being in the school presents some challenges, but having a spouse and assistant coaches in the school system allowed us to keep our normal routines, as much as possible.”

He added, “I have to personally thank Coach Wade Rausch, Coach Kyle Braun, Coach Adam Mines, and Coach Zach Toben for all their assistance this season and guidance throughout my career thus far. I also want to thank Rick Grout who has done stats for us for many seasons. I also want to thank Dr. Morgan Dorsett who cares for these players just as much as any of us coaches do and helps us keep them on the field physically. Lastly, I need to thank my family. My wife Christi and children Brynlee and Brody deal with me being gone for hours for practice/games, answering phone calls at any time of night, and they still show up on game nights wearing maroon and gold and cheering the loudest, at least in my opinion. Thank you to everyone for your support this season and as always, ‘Go Bearcats!’”

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