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Woodbury boys basketball: Kent Getzlaff named new head coach
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Kent Getzlaff has been hired as the head coach of the boys basketball program at Woodbury High School. He is the third head coach to lead the program since the school opened in 1975.


Getzlaff takes over for longtime head coach Scott Swansson, who retires this year from Woodbury High School, where he collected a 240-165 record as head coach of the Royals’ boys basketball program.

“The things that he has brought to the program, the school and the community have been tremendous,” said Woodbury High School Activities Director Jason Gonnion of Swansson, who was Minnesota’s boys basketball Coach of the Year in 2012, after his final game.

Getzlaff was the boys head coach at South St. Paul from 2004-2008 and assistant men’s basketball coach at Concordia University, St. Paul from 2008-2012. He has served as an assistant boys basketball coach at Park and most recently at Woodbury High School during the 2013-14 season.  Getzlaff played high school basketball at Park and went on to play collegiately at Concordia University, St. Paul, for his father, the late Dennis Getzlaff, who is the all-time wins leader in Concordia basketball history (133). 

“Coach Getzlaff’s involvement in-and-around the game of basketball from a very young age comes across clearly to kids, parents and colleagues,” Gonnion said “His passion not only for the game of basketball, but the teaching and learning process that goes along with leading a program is very exciting.  Replacing Coach Swansson will be no easy task, and coach Getzlaff is fired-up and ready to continue building on our successful tradition at WHS.”

The Woodbury Royals boys basketball team has seven section championships – winning the state championship in 1983. After two straight state tournament appearances Woodbury fell to Tartan 90-78 in the Section 4AAAA finals this past season.

-Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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