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Chris Murphy, Published June 14 2013

Former Spuds and Cobbers player named Marshall boys hockey coach

FARGO – Michael Weiss may no longer be living in Moorhead, but it’s the first place his mind went when he was told he would be taking over as the head coach of the boys hockey team at Marshall (Minn.) High School.

The first thing he did was call his parents Craig and Sarajane Weiss back in Moorhead where he earned three high school hockey varsity letters with the Spuds and played for Concordia from 2007-11.

“It’s nice to be in charge of your own team now,” Weiss said. “Last year, I was focused on getting a teaching job and the assistant job was opened, so I took that and it’s progressed a little faster than I thought it would.”

After Concordia, Weiss was a junior varsity coach at Moorhead before heading to Marshall to take a fourth-grade teaching job. With Weiss on the bench as an assistant, Marshall made it to the state tournament for the first time ever.

State may have been new for the Tigers, but it felt like home for Weiss, as his brother, Grant, was there playing for Moorhead.

“It was so much fun,” Michael said. “The town was so excited. We had a lot of Moorhead fans cheering us on, too.”

After the season, Marshall head coach Dave Coudert resigned in May for personal reasons. Now, the 24-year-old first-year head coach sees himself in Marshall for the long run. He doesn’t see him scheduling his alma mater anytime soon.

“That’s a ways to travel and a pretty good program against a pretty brand new program,” Michael said. “The goal was to get a teaching and a coaching job and I got that and that’s what I see myself doing for a while.”

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