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UW-RF football coach O'Grady says 2010 season will be his last

UW-River Falls football head coach John O'Grady informed his team after practice Monday evening that he will retire at the end of the 2010 season.

The Falcons left Tuesday morning for their 2010 season opener Thursday at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.

"Most of my adult life, including four years as a player, five years as a volunteer coach and of course 22 seasons as the head coach has been spent at this university," said O'Grady in a prepared statement. "For the vast majority of my career I have had a passion for coaching. I still do, but I am not passionate about all of the other aspects of my job that do not have much to do with coaching. As a result it is time for me to go.

"I have decided to announce this decision at this time because I believe it is best for our football program. It will give our athletic director a head start on the hiring process so that a new head coach can be named as quickly as possible once our season ends."

O'Grady ranks second in all-time football wins among WIAC active coaches with a 104-103-3 overall record. He is seventh in all-time wins of all WIAC coaches. In WIAC play, O'Grady has led the Falcons to one first place finish (1998), three second-place finishes (1994, 1995, 1996) and five third place finishes (1989, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001). He has had winning seasons in 10 of his 21 seasons with the Falcons.

See the Sept. 2 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on this story.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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