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Pat Prindle, assistant coach of the girls’ soccer team at Orono High School, has been named the Minnesota State Class A Girls’ Assistant Coach of the Year by the Minnesota High School Soccer Coaches Association. Prindle also serves as director of coaching and player development for the Orono Thunder Soccer Club.
Prindle was nominated by OHS varsity girls’ soccer coach Erin Murray. He was selected as Section 6A Coach of the Year and, subsequently, for the state honor. He was honored at the Class A All-State Banquet October 23.
In his role with Orono Thunder, Prindle has increased participation and developed players technically and tactically. Those contributions, says Murray, have benefited the OHS program. “We currently have seven freshman on varsity – the most in the past 12 years – and I contribute a lot of their success to the training Pat has provided them.”
“Most importantly,” Murray adds, the community and girls respect, appreciate and enjoy Pat. He is a great role model, makes soccer fun and always puts his team first,” she says. “He would do anything for any of his players and truly cares about them – not only as soccer players, but as young women.”
Prindle has served the Orono program for three years, but has coached high school soccer for 13 years altogether. He previously coached in both the boys and girls soccer programs in Chaska, and as head coach for the boys’ team at Roseville Area High School.
The Spartans record was 14-5 this season, ending with a loss to Waconia in the Section 6 semifinal game. Last year, the team was 19-3 and state runner-up. In the past five years, Prindle has amassed a record of 97-55-8.