D-G-F football coach's contract approved by school district

Anthony Soderberg was intially not renewed by the school district on Monday

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Anthony Soderberg's contract for the 2020 season has been approved, days after he was not offered a contract by the D-G-F school district. (WDAY-TV)

GLYNDON - Anthony Soderberg is back officially as head coach of the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton football team.

The D-G-F school board held a special virtual meeting Friday to approve his contract, four days after a school board meeting was held where a vote of 5-0 was taken to not offer a contract for Soderberg for the 2020 season. School board chair Lindsey Leach said "Soderberg lacked collaboration with his assistant coaches and it was detrimental to the players."

Superintendent Bryan Thygeson addressed the story that Dom Izzo first reported on Wednesday. "The motion on Monday was not about non-renewal, it was about approval for contracts."

Thygeson added that the decision by the Minnesota State High School League to reverse its decision on the football season and move it back to the fall is why the vote on Soderberg's contract was held.

Thygeson went on to say that he and Athletic Director Joe O'Keefe have had conversations Soderberg about concerns with Soderberg and those were addressed to the point where the school board signed off an unanimous approval for Soderberg's contract.


An improvement plan has been installed and will be discussed with Soderberg after the season.

The Rebels have been practicing since last Monday and sources tell WDAY Sports that Soderberg has been leading the team this entire time.

Soderberg has coached the Rebels since 2008, leading them to four straight section titles from 2013-16, which included back to back state semifinal appearances. D-G-F lost in the Section 8AAA title game 21-20 to Perham last season.

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Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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