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Tom Mix, Published June 08 2012

Fargo South hires two new coaches

By Tom Mix

tmix@forumcomm.com

FARGO – Fargo South has two new coaches for the upcoming school year.

South activities director Cory Lehman announced Friday that Josh Issertell was hired as the school’s girls hockey head coach and also named Jessica Winter as the Bruins fastpitch softball head coach.

Both Issertell and Winter were assistants in their respective sports at South last season.

“It’s always great to have qualified assistants able to take over as head coaches,” Lehman said. “It makes the transition much easier.”

Issertell replaces Josh Rogers, who guided the Bruins to a 26-0 season and a North Dakota state championship.

“I learned quite a bit being on the bench with coach Rogers,” Issertell said. “I think we have a lot of momentum heading into next season and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead the team.”

South loses all-state first team players Lindsay Nagel, Carlie Stellrecht and Katie Buchholz to graduation.

Also graduating are Sadie Hayes and Lauren Tupa who finished second and fourth, respectively, on the team in points scored. South’s girls hockey team co-ops with Fargo Davies.

Issertell played varsity hockey at West Fargo High School from 2004-2006 and prior to being an assistant at South, he worked as a coach in the West Fargo girls youth hockey program.

Winter takes over a Bruins fastpitch softball team that finished 0-23 this spring. She was an assistant at South the last two seasons.

Winter played five years of varsity fastpitch at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and also played one season at Minnesota State Moorhead.

“I’m pretty excited to be the new head coach,” said Winter, who teaches Spanish at South and Carl Ben Eielson Middle School. “My main goal is to build up the program and improve on our numbers. It is going to be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.”

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