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EASTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL NAMES NEW HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH
APPLE VALLEY, MN – Eastview High School Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Athletics Matt Percival is pleased to announce that Ryan Dehnel will be the new head volleyball coach. Dehnel brings 23 years of coaching experience, a passion for volleyball, and a clear vision for mentoring Eastview student-athletes. He will replace Dave Laufenberger who resigned this off-season.
Most recently, Dehnel spent 5 years as the head coach for St. Michael-Albertville High School where he led the Knights to three conference titles and a section championship appearance. Prior to that, he led the Burnsville Blaze program for three years, including a state tournament 3rd place finish.
Dehnel’s coaching career began in 1994 at Northern Lights, a local junior olympic program. He went on to take head coaching positions at John F. Kennedy High School and Augsburg College before moving to Marshall, MN, to assistant coach at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). There he helped SMSU’s Division II program achieve three straight NCAA tournament appearances.
In addition to his school positions, Dehnel spent 21 years coaching athletes in junior olympic club programs. Following Northern Lights, he coached at Minnesota One and Southwest Minnesota Juniors and also served as a coach and technical director for Burnsville Thunder and STMA Juniors.
Dehnel graduated from Augsburg College with a degree in Health & Physical Education, and holds a Master of Science degree in Education Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University. He is currently teaching Health and Physical Education at Central Middle School in Eden Prairie.
As a native to Apple Valley and a graduate of Apple Valley High School, Dehnel is happy to be back in his hometown along with his wife Stacy and their son Brice.
An intro “meet and greet” with Coach Dehnel will be scheduled for all volleyball players and their parents in the coming weeks. An additional email will be sent as soon as the date and time are confirmed.
Quote from Coach Dehnel:
“I am very excited about this opportunity to work with the Eastview student-athletes and their families in continuing a tradition of excellence. I am committed to helping my players grow as athletes and as people.”
Quote from AD Matt Percival:
“We are thrilled to have found a candidate with not only such incredible volleyball coaching experience at the high school, club and collegiate level, but also someone who has a purpose as an educator for developing life lessons in each of his student-athletes.”