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Rich Limpert, the man who started the boys lacrosse program in Woodbury, is leaving the Royals after being named head coach of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers this summer. Limpert amassed a 70-49 record at Woodbury over his nine seasons.

Woodbury boys lacrosse: Limpert leaves Royals for Gophers

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Rich Limpert, the man who started the boys lacrosse program in Woodbury, won't be back with the Royals this spring.

Limpert, a Woodbury resident, was named head coach of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers this summer. Lacrosse is currently a club-level sport at the U of M.

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Limpert served as the head coach for Woodbury from its inception as a Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association program in 2004 through being added to the Minnesota High School League to becoming the team it is today. Under Limpert, the Woodbury program also helped spawn the boys lacrosse programs at East Ridge and Park high schools.

Limpert amassed a 70-49 record at Woodbury over his nine seasons.

Limpert was an integral part of the drive to move the high school club program to the varsity level in Minnesota in 2007. He participated in efforts to educate city and state leadership on the growth of the sport both locally and nationally. Shortly after boys lacrosse emerged with its varsity status in Minnesota, Limpert also partnered with the Minnesota Minute Men to bring the Mr. Lacrosse Award to the state of Minnesota, founding the award in 2010.

Limpert attended college at the University of St. Thomas from 1993-95 where he played hockey before transferring to Minnesota State University - Mankato and focusing on his degree in Business Administration and playing lacrosse. As a midfielder for the Mavericks, under head coach Art Ayers, he was named a 2nd Team All-UMLL Midfielder in 1996, team MVP and 1st Team UMLL Midfielder in 1997 and was selected as to the Minnesota Chill UMLL All-Star team.

Limpert's wife Heidi is a Woodbury High School graduate and will be inducted into the Woodbury High School Hall of Fame this year. The couple has three children - Annika, Keira and Drake.

A mandatory player and parent meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Woodbury High School to discuss updates on finding a replacement for Limpert.

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