by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Holly Sutton, coach of the Rogers girls soccer state champion team in 2010, has resigned after five seasons with the Royals.
The former Elk River star has joined the staff at Winona State, where she was a two-time conference player of the year.
“I’m very proud and thankful for my time with Rogers,” said Sutton. “It really helped me shape my perspective and philosophy on coaching. I am gong to miss the girls there so much.”
Aaron Lindquist has been named to replace Sutton. (See separate story.)
Sutton will be an assistant to Ali Omar, for whom she played at Winona State.
About returning to Winona, Sutton said that it “couldn’t have worked out better,” especially with her fiancé Zac Barton being an assistant football coach there.
Sutton said her current position is full-time soccer coach with the possibility of a teaching position later.
The 2004 ERHS graduate still holds the Elks’ single-season record of 19 goals and is second with 36 career goals. She played for Brian Steuter, and wound up coaching against him the last four years.
Sutton pumped in 41 goals for Winona State, ranking third all-time, and her 14 game-winning goals is tied for first all-time. She led Warriors in scoring and was NSIC player of the year in 2006 and 2007.
A physical education teacher, Sutton was an assistant at Rogers in 2009, and took over a talented squad in 2010. The Royals went 24-0 and captured the state Class A championship. Her three teams since then went 24-22-6, giving her a 48-22-6 overall record. She was also assistant track coach.