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Raptors unveil a batch of coaches

East Ridge High School announced a batch of coach hirings this week, leaving just three openings: boys swimming and diving, wrestling and girls track and field.

East Ridge High School announced the hiring of six varsity coaches, mostly in spring sports. The Raptors now have filled most of their top coaching positions, with hopes to fill the remaining spots in the next few weeks.

"We're excited to bring on a passionate, enthusiastic group of coaches to serve the East Ridge community," ERHS Activities Director Trent Hanson said.

Sprout to coach baseball

Former professional player Brian Sprout was tabbed to coach the Raptors baseball team. Sprout, a St. Olaf graduate and formerly a varsity assistant with Mounds View for the past three years, played professionally for seven seasons, spending time in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization with Vero Beach and Jacksonville, and also taking the field for four different teams in the Northern League/American Association, including the Saint Paul Saints from 2006-08. An infielder by trade, Sprout averaged .293 in seven minor league seasons, tallying double-digit home run totals in 2004 and 2006.

Glackler tabbed for softball

2004 Section Coach of the Year honoree Jeff Glackler is East Ridge's choice for its first softball leader. Glackler earned the honor after guiding Columbia Heights to its first winning season in 24 years and first conference title in a quarter-century that season. He coached the Hylanders from 2003-2008 and also served as the head softball coach at Eden Prairie and assisted at Augustana College and Mankato East High School as well as co-head coaching the eight-time ASA state champion Mankato Peppers 18U team.

Brewton, Brookins to coach ERHS golfers

Tyler Brewton and Bret Brookins have been named coaches of the Raptors girls and boys golf teams, respectively.

Brewton is currently the head golf professional at Mississippi Dunes Golf Links in Cottage Grove. Collegiately, he won three individual titles as a member of the Kansas State University men's golf squad and was a national all-tournament team selection in 2003.

Brookins comes over to the Raptors after serving as the assistant coach for the Woodbury boys golf team for the past three seasons. He began teaching in the district in 1999.

Allan will lead boys tennis team

Former Hill-Murray assistant Brad Allan has been pegged as the ERHS boys tennis coach. Currently, Allan is the tennis professional at The Apex of Human Performance, a private training facility.

Weyandt to lead girls swim/dive team

The lone non-spring sport coach hiring announced was that of Luke Weyandt to head the ERHS girls swimming and diving team. Weyandt was most recently the head swim coach at Shakopee High School and also has coached swimming at Irondale and track at Roseville High School.

Hanson said that a decision has been made on a boys track and field coach, but the choice has yet to be made official. Pending a final decision on the boys track and field position, the school has now filled all varsity head coach openings with the exception of boys swimming and diving, wrestling and girls track and field.

"By the end of the month, we're hoping to have everybody in place," Hanson said.

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