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December 13, 2017

11/15/2017 12:39:00 PM
Triton's first head football coach retires

By Karen M. Jorgensen

Triton's loss to Caledonia in the section finals was more than just an end to the 2017 season. It was an end to a coaching era.

Head football coach Don Henderson has retired as the only head football coach Triton has known. He will also step down at the end of the school year as the high school activities director.

"I wanted to get out of coaching while I still felt good about it," Henderson said. "I didn't want it to be a drag."

Coaching came naturally to Henderson.

He grew up in Belle Plaine where his dad, Roy, was the long-time football coach.

It wasn't exactly easy playing for his father, Henderson said. "Back then he was hard on me; it was good."

Because his father was coach, he said, there were also the expectations of the community.

Still, he knew coaching was what he wanted to do and set out early to do that.

"I always knew I wanted to be a coach," he said. "I wasn't a great player," he added.

He also described himself as a "college nomad."

Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Star Herald.

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