Brad Drazan has been offered and has accepted the Head Boys Hockey Coaching position at New Prague High School pending board approval. Drazan comes from a family of educators, including New Prague Hall of Fame educators Fran and Irma Langer, and mom, Mary Drazan, a second grade teacher at Falcon Ridge Elementary. Drazan is a native of New Prague, Minnesota where he graduated from New Prague High School in 2008. He played hockey for the Trojans and was the captain of the 2008 Boys Hockey team. After graduating from New Prague, Drazan went on to attend Minnesota State University-Mankato to study elementary education. He continued his education and earned his Masters Degree from St. Mary’s University and is close to completing his Administration license from St. Mary’s University.
Drazan previously was an assistant coach with the New Prague Girls High School team from 2012-2016, including a state tournament appearance in 2016. He has also coached in the New Prague Youth Hockey Association since stepping away from the Girls Program. He currently teaches 5th Grade at Eagle View Elementary and is completing his 6th year in that position. Drazan and his wife, Makayla, along with their 15-month-old triplets Anders, Kinley, and Hudson live in New Prague.
Paul Newton has been offered, and accepted, the Head Boys Varsity Lacrosse coaching position, pending board approval.
Paul Newton was previously the NPHS Boys JV – Assistant Coach. He has coached in the New Prague Lacrosse Association at the club level high school and youth teams the past several years. Coach Newton will lead the Trojans Boys Lacrosse Program as the Trojans begin their first season competing at the Varsity level.
He started playing lacrosse at the University of Minnesota – Duluth in 1990 when the program first began. After graduating from UMD he moved out East and played on several Men’s Lacrosse Teams (Washington Lacrosse Club, Arlington Lacrosse Club/Team AOL, Manassas Box Lacrosse, and Bethesda MD Summer League). He is an active UMD lacrosse alumni and was inducted into the UMD Lacrosse Hall of Fame – Class of 2012.
Paul, his wife Nyla, sons Henry and Sam moved to New Prague in 2008. Paul is an owner of Carver Insurance Group – downtown Carver, MN. He is on the board of the Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce. Aside from his love for lacrosse, Paul also plays and coaches soccer, likes to golf and hunt. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and getting up to the cabin when he can.
Cassie Jung has been named the new Head Swim and Dive Coach at New Prague High School, pending school board approval. Cassie is a native of Inver Grove Heights, where she graduated from Simley High School in 2000. At Simley, Cassie was a captain of the Swim and Dive team and was named All-Conference and All-State. She was also a USA Swimming Midwest Zone participant for three years in a row in 1997, 1998, and 1999.
After graduating from Simley High School, Cassie went on to study Marketing Communications and Health & Human Performance at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls where she also swam on the swim team for the Falcons. She recently went back to school at Bethel University and earned her teaching degree in Communication Arts and Literature (grades 5-12) in December, 2018 and is currently working towards her Master’s in Teaching.
Cassie has 18 years of coaching experience and began coaching swimming at Inver Grove Heights Middle School in 2001 as well as Henry Sibley High School in 2002. Cassie has been a New Prague assistant varsity swim and dive assistant coach since 2013. She also contributes as a New Prague Neptune’s assistant swim coach as well as the Lead Coach for the Girl Scouts River Valleys summer swim program here in New Prague. Cassie is also a USA Swimming official.
Cassie resides in New Prague with her husband Jon and their three children - Ella (12), Isla (9), and Oliver (4). She is very active in athletics and clubs in New Prague and is excited for this opportunity to continue in the development of the swim and dive program at New Prague High School.
Dylan Dickey has been offered, and accepted, the Head Boys Lacrosse coaching position, pending board approval.
Dylan is the current Boys Coordinator for New Prague Lacrosse Association. He also serves on the executive board of the state-wide boys youth league. In 2016 he was name US Lacrosse Man of the Year. Prior to bringing lacrosse to New Prague, Dylan coached the Men’s Division 1 club team at Minnesota State, Mankato where, over six years, he brought the program to frequently polling top 25 in the country. Dylan also served on the inaugural Mr. Lacrosse selection committee. Dylan’s lacrosse coaching experience goes back more than 15 years and includes youth, high school, high school travel club, and college.
Dylan earned his Bachelor of Science – Manufacturing Engineering from Minnesota State, Mankato. There, as a collegiate player, he was unanimously voted All-Conference LSM his senior year and Second Team All-Conference Defense his junior year. He also served on the UMLL conference executive board as Division 1 Player Representative.
Dylan and his girlfriend Sarah moved to New Prague 10 years ago. They have a 2 year old daughter, Starla. They enjoy fishing on the Minnesota River. He works in Jordan, loves playing hockey, riding bike, snowboarding, and being outdoors!
Julie Bowers Wegner has been offered, and accepted, the Head Girls Lacrosse coaching position pending board approval. Julie has been employed with the New Prague Area Schools for the past 15 years as a middle school teacher.
Julie has over 20 years of coaching experience from preschool through varsity level high school athletics. Sports that she has coached include volleyball, basketball, soccer, dance team, track and lacrosse. For the last 4 years Julie and her family have been involved in the local New Prague Lacrosse Association where she has coached at the 14U and 18U girls levels. She is a member of US Lacrosse and is a Level 1 Certified coach.
Along with her husband, Brett, and their two children (Nick and Evie), Julie has been active in athletics and clubs in New Prague and she is excited for this new opportunity to play a role in the development of lacrosse at New Prague High School.
Erik Feehan was offered, and accepted, the Head Strength & Conditioning Coaching position at New Prague High School (pending board approval). Erik was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota where he graduated from John Marshall High School. Erik did not discover a passion for health and fitness until his first year at Rochester Community and Technical College. Erik graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Science Education in May of 2017. Prior to being in the education program, Erik spent time as a Pre-Med major with a focus in Exercise Science.
This is Erik’s second year of teaching. He spent his first year in Springfield, Minnesota teaching 7th and 10th grade life science at Springfield High School. During his time in Springfield, Erik was the strength and conditioning coach and helped to implement a strength and conditioning program for all athletes. Along with the program, Erik also assisted in the weight room being remodeled and upgrading the equipment. Erik’s focus as strength and conditioning coach is to improve athletic performance and reduce athletic-related injuries. Through innovative programming and energetic coaching, all athletes in New Prague will have an opportunity to better themselves.
Erik and his fiance, Ashley, currently reside in New Prague. Erik will be teaching 8th grade science at New Prague Middle School and Ashley is a special education teacher at New Prague High School. Their wedding is in July of 2019. In addition to teaching and coaching, Erik enjoys bodybuilding, fishing, reading, and playing golf.
Luke Swedberg has been offered, and accepted, the Head Girls’ Tennis Coach Position for the 2018 season at New Prague High School, pending school board approval. He served as an assistant coach for the tennis team in the 2017 season. Swedberg is a native of Howard Lake, Minnesota where he graduated from Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School in 2011. While at HLWW, he played football, basketball, and golf on successful teams. Making conference, section, and state tournament appearances. He was a captain for basketball and golf. After graduating from high school, he went on to study Physical Education at Bethel University. It was in college when he started coaching, being the Bethel Men’s Basketball Student Assistant. While in that role he was responsible for on court instruction, film exchange and recruiting. After Bethel, he went to Park Center High School for three years before coming to New Prague.
Swedberg is currently at New Prague High School as the head coach of the girls’ basketball program. Luke currently resides in St. Peter and hopes to be substitute teaching in the school district this year. Away from basketball and tennis, he enjoys fishing, golfing and watching other sporting events.
Dan Cross was offered, and accepted, the vacant Head Robotics Advisor position at New Prague High School (pending board approval). He has been a robotics team mentor since 2015.
Dan attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Science – Mathematics degree. He is a Sr. Software Engineer with MTS Systems in Eden Prairie developing controls software for mechanical test systems.
Dan is on the board for Generations Theatre Company and a member of the New Prague Arts Council. He has doing lighting, sound and set design for plays, shows and concerts since 2000. He has been managing the NPHS Auditorium for the last three years.
Dan and his wife, Vickie, live in rural Prior Lake and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
Monika Goettl was offered, and accepted, the vacant Head Dance Team Coaching position at New Prague High School (pending board approval). The position became open after the recent resignation of Frankie McIntyre after a very successful winter season.
Goettl is a native of New Prague and is a 2014 NPHS graduate. While at New Prague High School, she danced for the Metropolitan Dance Alliance studio based in Shakopee. She has 16 years of dance experience, 8 of which were competitive. In her many years of dance, she has studied in the styles of Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Modern, Contemporary, and Musical Show. As a competition dancer, she received many scholarships to attend workshops across the country and several awards for outstanding performances. After graduation, Goettl worked for a local studio for 2 years in the styles of Jazz, Ballet, and Lyrical dance.
Goettl was hired as an Assistant Coach for the New Prague Dance Team prior to the 2017-2018 season and currently works full-time as a Universal Banker at Reliance Bank in Faribault. In addition to working and coaching, she enjoys fishing, reading, playing with her dog, and helping out on her boyfriend’s farm.
Tanner Oakes has been offered, and has accepted, the Head Baseball Coaching position at New Prague High School pending board approval. Oakes comes from a family of baseball coaches with his dad, Todd, coaching at the professional and collegiate levels. His brothers, Tyler and TJ, coach at the collegiate level as well. Oakes is a native of Jordan, Minnesota where he graduated from Jordan High School in 2011. After graduating from Jordan, Oakes went on to attend Augsburg University to study special education. He played baseball for the Auggies and had a successful four year career. He graduated from Augsburg in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education.
Oakes joined the Trojan Baseball staff as an assistant coach during the 2016 season where he has continued to serve in that role the last three seasons. Oakes also served as the B squad boys basketball coach during the 2017-18 season. He will be beginning his third year as a Special Education teacher at New Prague Middle School and is currently working on a Master’s Degree from Minnesota State Moorhead University. Oakes and his fiance, Hannah Klegstad, who also works as a special education teacher in the district, currently reside in New Prague.
Dan Peterka has been offered, and accepted, the Head Boys Basketball coaching position along with a Physical Education and Health teaching position at New Prague High School, pending board approval. Dan is from Osakis, MN and is a graduate of North Dakota State University after playing basketball at Mesabi Community College for 2 years before becoming a Student Assistant at NDSU for 3 seasons. Dan has also earned a Master’s in Education and Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State.
Dan taught, and coached, at Mora High School for 2 years before moving to Battle Lake High School (MN) for the past 18 years. At Battle Lake High School, Dan taught Physical Education and Health and also served as an assistant Football coach in addition to serving as the Head Boys Basketball Coach. He has earned Section Coach of the Year 6 times and is currently a member of the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association’s All-State Academic Selection Committee. Dan’s teams at Battle Lake High School have won 9 conference championships and made 3 MSHSL appearances (‘04-’05; ‘12-’13; & ‘14-’15). He has accumulated an overall record of 338-133 over his 18 year career at Battle Lake.
Dan and his wife, Ruth, along with their two children, Eleanor and Francine, are excited about joining the New Prague community and school district. They enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, and going to as many sporting events as possible.
Cory Lonke has been offered, and accepted, the Head Boys Hockey coaching position at New Prague High School, pending school board approval. Cory played high school hockey in Cloquet, MN as a goaltender and went on to play two years of Division III hockey at the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN from 2001-2003. Cory’s most recent coaching experience is with the Shakopee Sabers Boys Hockey program as an assistant from 2016-2018. In addition, Cory was a scout and an assistant coach with the Minot Minotauros in the North American Hockey League from 2011-2017. Currently, Cory is a scout with the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Cory resides in Prior Lake, MN and is the assistant equipment manager for Ames Construction in Burnsville, MN. Cory is looking forward to getting to know the players and continuing the proud tradition of Trojan hockey.
Steffi Neisen was offered, and accepted, the vacant Head Girls Golf Coach position at New Prague High School (pending board approval). The position became open after the recent resignation of Dan Holgate after a very successful 5 year stint including a 2nd place finish in the 2013 AAA tournament. Neisen is a native of New Prague where she graduated from NPHS in 2010. While at New Prague High School, Neisen played golf for the Trojans and was the captain of the conference, section, and 2010 MSHSL AAA Championship teams. Neisen went on to play golf collegiately at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning honors such as the Big Ten Sportsmanship award, the Nebraska Student Athlete Hero Award, and distinguished Big12 and Big 10 academic honors. Neisen also played in six USGA National Championships. She received her Bachelor of Science majoring in Secondary Social-Science Education from UN-L.
Neisen has been the New Prague JV girls’ golf coach for the past three years. She is in her third year as an 8th grade geography teacher at New Prague Middle School. In addition to teaching and coaching golf, Neisen enjoys travelling, attending music events, golfing, art, and watching sports.
Sophia Andersen, sophomore outside hitter/setter, was named Star Tribune Player of the Week. She has helped the Trojans win 13 consecutive matches. She has reached double-digit kills in each of those victories. This is the second Trojan volleyball player to get this award. Chloe Davis won the award earlier this season. For more information on Sophia's award, please click on the link: Star Tribune.
Chloe Davis, a junior setter, was named a volleyball Star Tribune Player of the Week. Davis helped lead New Prague to the Tri-City United Tournament Championship with 121 assists, 32 digs, 16 kills and 14 service aces this past week. For more information, click the following link: Star Tribune.
Sophia was named the MN Volleyball Player of the Week for September 25 thru October 2. The 5'11", sophomore outside hitter/setter recorded the following stat line in 16 games:
Kills: 99 Kills/Game: 6.19 Digs: 40 Digs/Game: 2.5 Receptions: 35 Rcpt/Game: 2.19 Aces: 7 Blocks: 15
The award is given out by MaxPreps and the American Volleyball Coaches Association.