Three Brainerd High School head coaches have resigned their positions following their 2001-02 seasons.
Volleyball coach Heidi Hahn has resigned after five seasons, girls' soccer coach George Kohan after two and girls' hockey coach Chuck Whalen after five.
Hahn and Kohan cited changing job situations as their reason for stepping down while Whalen said his original intention was to coach as long as his youngest daughter was in high school.
"I want to thank these three individuals for their service to Brainerd High School and Brainerd athletics,"
activities director Todd Selk said. "I respect their decisions for getting out of coaching. Although we hate to see people leave the profession, we understand the reasons why and respect why they have chosen to step down at this time."
Volleyball -- Hahn, who works with the Impact Day Treatment Program at Franklin Junior High, said her job responsibilities are expanding, leaving less time to coach.
"It was the hardest decision, the reason being the kids," said Hahn, whose teams went 81-50. "The kids are just awesome. Warrior athletics are phenomenal, along with the community support from the sports boosters, and the strength program. "
Girls' soccer -- Kohan, an employee of Alpharma Inc., a world-wide pharmaceutical company, said his occupation may now require some international travel, limiting his availability to be a head coach.
"I believe we were making progress and providing an impact on the program, but I had to keep my real job first, and unfortunately I had to say good-bye to my coaching position," Kohan said.
Kohan's teams were 10-23-1. The program, which began in the fall of 1997, will be hiring its fourth head coach.
Girls' hockey -- Whalen ends 10 years of association with Warriors hockey. He coached the boys' team from 1987-88 through 1991-92 and was the only coach of the girls' program, which began in 1997-98.
"When I got into this thing originally it was because Megan had decided to give hockey a shot," Chuck Whalen said. "I thought it would be a nice journey to run together and I was lucky enough to get the job. From the beginning, I had my sights set on running it out with her."
The girls' program went 53-55-7 in Whalen's tenure, with winning seasons the last three years.
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