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Lions name Twigg as next head football coach

Tanner Twigg, a 2011 Detroit Lakes high school graduate, has been named the head football coach at Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota.

At 26 years of age, the hire makes Twigg the youngest head college football coach in the country.

Tanner Twigg

Twigg was a three-year starter at Trinity after transferring from Dakota University in Madison, South Dakota as a freshman. He finished his career as the all-time leader in career receptions with 110 catches for 1,164 yards and seven touchdowns. He is the only Lions player to amass more than 100 career receptions. He also ranks in the top five in numerous other career statistics.

Twigg will lead a Lions team coming off a 4-4 record in 2018.

"I'm excited to get this opportunity at a place that changed me as a person and as a player,” he said. “I look forward to building off of our .500 record, while growing the young men in the program to be the best men they can be. I'm beyond grateful with all the support I have received from all the members of TBC administration along with the rest of the people who are associated with our great institution. I'd like to thank Coach Morgan, Coach Jackson and Coach Slivoskey who have all invested and believed in me throughout these past seven seasons. I can't wait to lead these young men into a new era of TBC football that will be a positive driving force for our community moving forward."

Since graduating, Twigg has served on the TBC coaching staff for the past three seasons and has worked a wide array of positions.  

He has served as the quarterbacks and receivers coach for two seasons along with being the defensive backs coach for two seasons. Last season, he was the defensive coordinator. In the one season as coordinator, the defense improved in nearly every category from the season prior including breaking three team records for most forced turnovers in a season, most tackles for loss in a season and most sacks as a defense in a season.

Twigg also coached the two All-NCCAA selections from last season in David Steeves and Dakota King.

"The hiring of Tanner is a great step for our program,” Trinity Athletic Director Jordan Nowell said. “He's young, energetic and has proven his football knowledge over and over. He's someone the guys will relate well with and will look up to. I have a lot of trust in Tanner's ability to take this program above and beyond where we have been. Exciting times ahead for TBC football."

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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