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University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill will speak to the East Ridge coaching staff and members of the student captains council on the topic of leadership on Monday, Feb. 24. (Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota)

Jerry Kill to speak at East Ridge High School

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Jerry Kill to speak at East Ridge High School
Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill will be making a visit to East Ridge High School.

On Monday, Feb. 24, Kill will speak to the East Ridge coaching staff and members of the student captains council on the topic of leadership. Kill will kick off the morning speaking to the entire East Ridge coaching staff, then will meet with the captains council.

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Kill was named head coach of the University of Minnesota football program on Dec. 7, 2010. Next fall, Kill will begin his fourth year at Minnesota and 21st overall of being a head college football coach. His career record is 144-94.

The Gophers were 3-9 in Kill’s first season in 2011, but reached a bowl game and finished 6-7 in 2012. As custom with Kill and his staff, the third year at a school usually turns into a memorable season and 2013 was no different at Minnesota. The Gophers finished the season with an 8-5 record, giving Kill a 17-21 record as head coach at Minnesota. Kill was a combined 9-26 in his first year at Minnesota and at his previous two schools Northern Illinois (NIU) and Southern Illinois (SIU). In his third year, the schools produced a combined record of 28-9.

In 2013, the Gophers reached eight wins for the first time under Kill and for only the seventh time since 1960 and 18th time overall. In Kill’s last two years, Minnesota has played 26 games and is 14-12 in those games. In its previous 26 games, the Gophers were 6-20.

Last year, Kill and his staff led Minnesota to four straight Big Ten wins for the first time since 1973 and ended a 16-game losing streak to Nebraska. Kill, who was named Region 3 Coach of the Year, by the American Football Coaches Association, has taken Minnesota to two consecutive bowl games.

-Patrick Johnson

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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