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Tom Mix, Published April 16 2014

Fargo North names Adam Roland as new head football coach

FARGO – Fargo North High School now knows who will lead its program when football practices begin in four months.

The school announced Wednesday that Adam Roland – an assistant at North the past three years – will be the head coach of the Spartans.

Roland, 32, is a former prep standout at Wahpeton and also played college football at the University of North Dakota. Roland teaches biology at North.

“It has been something I have always thought of,” Roland said of becoming head coach. “I always wanted to be a teacher and a coach. That has been my life path. I have stuck true and followed that. I was happy being an assistant coach and if that was my calling than that was what I was going to do, but if there was ever an opportunity to be a head coach, it was something I was going to think about.”

Roland, who also is an assistant track and field coach at North, replaces Kelly Kalina, who resigned as head coach in January after six seasons.

North is coming off a 1-8 season last fall and was 6-21 the past three seasons.

“It all really balances on the players and coaches,” Roland said. “What it comes down to is, ‘Are the kids going to buy in? Are they going to do the work necessary to compete?’ ”

Roland played football at Wahpeton under Joel Bickford and at UND under Dale Lennon.

“Everything that I do, and I think everyone does, has to come from personal experience and what is learned along the way,” Roland said. “What was done when I was a player under those coaches worked, so I’d like to draw from that and create a situation unique to Fargo North.”

Prior to North, Roland taught and coached in the Central Cass (Casselton, N.D.) and Evansville, Minn., school districts. He was also an assistant football coach at Mayville State from 2005-06.

Roland said it is too early to start talking about offenses and defenses yet and said those decisions will be made later in the summer once his coaching staff is complete.

“It’s about finding the passion for football and finding the desire for our kids to become better athletes in general,” Roland said. “Not that those things haven’t been tried in the past here (at North), but that is the direction we have to go.”

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