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The Minnesota Legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation that requires each coach and official (licensed, registered, or volunteer) working at the MSHSL varsity, junior varsity or b-squad/sophomore level to receive initial online training and online training at least once every three calendar years thereafter.
Below is a link to the online video course. You will be required to create a username and password to sign in to the Coaches Clipboard section of the MSHSL website.
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The Verndale School will sell season passes for athletic events. These passes are good for football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball and wrestling home events. Playoff garmes are not included. Season passes may be purchased in the district office, online, or at the ticket table at athletic events fo the following prices:
Families that host a foreign exchange student will get free passes for the entire family. You do however, need to come into ask for them. Senior citizens (62 or older) who live in the Verndale School District or have grandchildren who attend the Verndale School are admitted free with a Golden Age Card. Golden Age Cards can be obtained in the District Office. There will be no charging.
Mahlen Sets Coaching Mark
Verndale head football coach Mike Mahlen has coached the game long enough to know a big game when he's in one. After all, he has coached two class nine man teams to state championships. Friday night however had a big game feel, but talking with the coach he wouldn't let on. Mahlen, who has coached at Verndale for 40 years and was on the doorstep of coaching legend George Larson of Cambridge with 307 career wins. A date with Bertha-Hewitt was all that would stand in the way. "
"Over the years, we've had some outstanding kids come through the program. Said Mahlen The parents have been very supportive and the school system and administration have been supportive and you need all of that to continue a good program."
There are many memories when looking back at the 40 years, the two state championships immediately came to mind. As did his first game as head coach in Verndale. "I remember back, my first game was a 0-0 tie" Mahlen stated. "Neither team crossed the other teams 40 yard line so it's come along way since then."
Through all the talk of records, Mahlen and hit Pirates left no doubt on Friday night defeating Bertha-Hewitt 40-6 in front of a hometown crowd that has supported Mahlen for 40 years. On a beautiful fall evening, it was a fitting result for a man who has given so much to thousands of players and fans and the community of Verndale.
All the coaches on Mahlen's staff have either played for him or against him as players. They have joined together and on Friday witnessed history. "He's pretty coy about it. He plays it off as another victory." Said Jordan Hinkle who played for Mahlen and graduated from Verndale in 2002. "He just wants to get there and then I think we'll see more of the emotion."
You wouldn't guess it by talking with coach though as he talked about the record and the significance. "You don't start coaching or get into coaching to set records or milestones I don't stay in it for that. I stay in it because I enjoy because I enjoy coaching yet and enjoy the kids and the young people."
As the Pirates moved to 4-0 on the season, a great mentor, teacher and coach, took his place in the history books on Friday night as he passed George Larson with his 308th win.