Jan 9, 2013
Less than one week after resigning as the head football coach at Cary High School, Ben Kolstad has a new job.
Kolstad was named the next head football coach at Sanderson High School on Wednesday morning, replacing Tony Lewis, who is the athletic director at the school.
“I have known Ben and played his teams over the last several years and have always respected the product he has put on the field, they were tough physical and disciplined," Lewis said.
In his nine seasons as the head football coach at Cary, Kolstad compiled a 65-46 overall record, winning the Tri-7 Conference in 2005. The Imps qualified for the state playoffs in each of his nine seasons as the head coach.
“Coach Kolstad has done a great job at Cary High School building a program both on and off the field," Sanderson Principal Dr. Greg Decker said. "We are extremely excited to have him here with the Spartans and look forward to his continued success."
Kolstad will be taking over a Sanderson program that has struggled to put marks in the win column in recent years. Last season, the Spartans were 2-9, missing the state playoffs for the fourth straight season.
The last time Sanderson made the playoffs was in 2008 when the Spartans compiled a 5-6 regular season record and lost to Jack Britt in the first round of the playoffs.
However, in a previous interview with HighSchoolOT.com, Lewis said he believes the program at Sanderson is moving in the right direction.
"Ben will do a tremendous job here and I am thankful to have him lead our football program," Lewis said.
Kolstad will start teaching at Sanderson on Feb. 1.