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Stephen-Argyle football coach resigns

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GRAND FORKS -- Mark Kroulik, who has coached seven Minnesota 9-man high school football championship teams, announced his retirement from coaching Monday.

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In 15 seasons as a head coach, the 58-year-old Kroulik pasted a 168-12 won-loss record for a gaudy 93.3 winning percentage. His teams won 11 section 9-man titles.

Kroulik's first state championship team was with Stephen in 1992. The Stephen and Argyle schools consolidated prior to the 1996-97 school year and became a football power. The most famous run for the Storm came from the 2003 through the 2007 seasons, during which Kroulik's Stephen-Argyle teams set state records with 76 consecutive wins and five consecutive state championships. The team also won the 2009 state championship.

Kroulik said there's no one reason why he is leaving the coaching profession.

"It just feels right," Kroulik said. "Coaching takes a lot of energy, a lot of time. It's not just a fall job. I want to do some other things -- watch my sons' teams, do more work with my principal's job, golf, have more time with my grandson, just other things. Football takes a lot of time."

Two of his sons coach high school football in Minnesota -- Casey is head coach at Clearbrook-Gonvick and Matt is an assistant at Red Lake County.

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