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Bomgren leaving Royals for New Life Academy

Wally Bomgren, head volleyball coach at Woodbury High School since 2006, has resigned his post with the Royals to take charge of the New Life Academy volleyball program.

"This is an institution that I have really respected for a long time," Bomgren said of New Life. "I look forward to coaching in a different conference, against different teams and in a different environment."

Bomgren announced his decision on Tuesday afternoon.

"He had noticed our posting on the (Minnesota State High School League) website and had contacted me about it," New Life Academy athletic director Curt Wetsel said. "He was intrigued in the prospect of coaching at a faith-based school like ours."

Wetsel and Bomgren met for coffee "in the past couple weeks," according to the New Life AD, where the two spoke about the opening and the mutual interest between coach and school.

"It seemed like it would be a great fit for both him and us," Wetsel said.

Bomgren brings with him hopes of stability for a program that has gone through four coaching changes in the past five seasons.

"We're very excited, Wetsel said. "It looks good for our program and our hopes to build for the future."

Woodbury activities director Jason Schultz said that while he was "surprised" at the sudden turn of events, he wished Bomgren well in his new endeavor.

"He did a very good job here and built the program for the long haul, he'll be hard to replace," Schultz said. "I'll never criticize someone for going where their heart leads them."

The Woodbury AD said that the position of head volleyball coach has already been posted.

"We're not wasting any time," he said.

As for Bomgren, he looks forward to the new challenges and opportunities at New Life.

"I like what the school stands for and I look forward to meeting some new kids and their parents," he said. "It will be a nice change of pace -- I've spoken to a friend of mine who coaches at a smaller school in Wisconsin and he has really enjoyed it."