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Boys basketball: Park grad Getzlaff named Woodbury's new head coach

Woodbury High School conducted a thorough search when hunting for a new basketball coach, but ended up not having took look too far.

Kent Getzlaff, an assistant coach for the Royals last season, 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 and was the Coach of the Year in 2012.

“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 after his final game.

In addition to assisting Swansson last season, 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 also served as an assistant boys basketball coach at Park High School.

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 with 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.”

The Woodbury Royals boys basketball team has seven section championships in its history and won the state championship in 1983. This past season Woodbury compiled a 20-9 overall record, but fell to Tartan 90-78 in the Section 4AAAA finals this past season after two straight state tournament appearances the previous years.

“Replacing coach Swansson will be no easy task, and coach Getzlaff is fired-up and ready to continue building on our successful tradition at Woodbury High School,” Gonnion said.

-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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