by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
ERHS alum Aaron Lindquist has been named head coach of Elk River-Zimmerman boys soccer, after serving as co-head coach this past season.
Lindquist, 26, has coached in the program for three years. He shared duties with Tom Olson, who was head coach 20 years and resigned after the 2012 season.
“Aaron has the right mentality,” said Olson, who recommended Lindquist. “He is very competitive, but he understands that there is life outside of soccer that you have to help kids deal with. This year, I turned a lot more over to him, to see if he could handle it. He did a lot more of the practice planning, for instance. He did a fine job.”
Lindquist, who graduated in 2004, played outside defender for Olson. He was a classmate of Holly Sutton, who has been Rogers girls head coach for three years.
About this opportunity, Lindquist said: “The program has a great background, thanks to Tom and his efforts over the last 20 years, I’ve learned a lot these past three seasons on how to manage a successful program.”
Olson, also an Elk alum, posted a 188-159-41 record and had six state tournament teams.
Lindquist said his 2013 team will have “high expectations” with a good senior group that will play for Three Rivers Soccer Association in the Premier League this summer.
Also a TRSA coach for five years, Lindquist said his goal is work with TRSA coaching director Ryan Servaty in guiding more players through the system so that both ERZ and Rogers can graduate nine to 11 players each season.
Lindquist played outside defender for the Elks. He played two years with Bethany Lutheran College, helping them reach junior college nationals his first year. He was then player/coach for the Minnesota State-Mankato club team, helping them reach nationals twice.
A social studies teacher, he currently serves ERHS as a SPED assistant while waiting for a full-time job to open. He had two long-term substitute positions at Rogers.
Activities director Mike Cunningham announced the hiring of Lindquist on Monday. ERHS still has two head coaching positions to fill, girls swimming and volleyball, following the resignations of longtime coaches Colleen Killpatrick and Pam Gothe, respectively.