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Associated Press , Published November 13 2012

Augustana fires head football coach, offensive coordinator

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Augustana College has fired head football coach Mike Aldrich.

The college announced in a news release Tuesday that Aldrich and offensive coordinator Steve Olinger have been let go.

Aldrich did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press.

In a statement, Augustana athletic director Bill Gross said the search for a new head coach would begin immediately.

The Vikings finished 5-6 this season. They lost their final three home games of the year, one to city rival University of Sioux Falls.

Aldrich was Augustana's head coach for three seasons, compiling a record of 22-13. He led the Vikings to their best season in school history in his debut season. They went 11-2 and made the NCAA Division II playoffs, losing to eventual national champion Minnesota Duluth.

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