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Tom Mix, Published April 17 2013

Fargo North hires Brooks Dockter as its new volleyball coach

FARGO – After reaching the pinnacle of North Dakota Class B high school volleyball five months ago in coaching the Kindred volleyball team to a state title, Brooks Dockter is making the move to Class A.

Dockter was hired to be the new head coach at Fargo North on Wednesday.

“There is great competition every night when you are working in Class A,” Dockter said. “That makes it an exciting opportunity. It is a new challenge at a new school.”

Dockter has eight years of head coaching experience – all in Class B. He coached the previous six seasons (2007-2012) at Kindred.

Last fall, the Vikings finished 35-10 and won the Class B state championship. It was the first time Kindred had qualified for the state tournament and Dockter was honored as the Class B Coach of the Year.

“He built a strong program out there and obviously that makes him an appealing candidate on our end,” North activities director Travis Christensen said. “He has a track record of putting in the time and effort needed to be successful.”

His first coaching stop was at his alma mater Tioga from 2005-2006. Dockter guided the Tigers to a state tournament appearance in 2006 and was awarded Coach of the Year honors the same year.

“Brooks has a history of success, but the focus with his teams is not simply wins and losses but it is about building that team mentality and instilling work ethic and responsibility,” Christensen said.

North finished the 2012 season 30-7, but failed to qualify for the state tournament.

Dockter replaces Jerry Daily, who retired from coaching in January after guiding the Spartans to a 60-17 record in two years as coach.

Dockter’s hire is limited to coaching, however, Christensen said Dockter will be available to substitute teach within the Fargo Public Schools District after he completes his education degree at North Dakota State later this year.

Dockter said leaving Kindred was a difficult decision.

“With the group of kids we have at Kindred, I don’t think anytime is a good time to leave that program,” Dockter said. “I’m not sure it was always a goal of mine (to coach in Class A), but it is more of an opportunity.”

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