Back in the Saddle

LaGrone returns as Milano head coach


After an 11-year absence, Chad LaGrone is back as Milano coach where he is the school’s all-time winningest coach with 42 wins and two district championships. 
Reporter/Holly Jentsch After an 11-year absence, Chad LaGrone is back as Milano coach where he is the school’s all-time winningest coach with 42 wins and two district championships. Reporter/Holly Jentsch Volleyball coach King is named athletic director

MILANO—In as smooth and effortless a transition as you could imagine, Milano has filled two important vacancies.

After a 11-year absence, Chad LaGrone has returned as the head football coach of the Milano Eagles.

Long-time volleyball coach Wendy King, will assume the job of athletic director.

“We felt there was no reason to go out and do a search,” said Milano superintendent Robert Westbrook. “We knew we wanted to look in house because we had some more than qualified individuals.

“We feel like we have been successful in that endeavour and are excited to be handing these important jobs over to them.”

LaGrone, 44, is the winningest coach in school history, going 42-40 from 1996 to 2003 and capturing back-to-back district championships in 1999-2000.

He was named Class A coach of the year in 1999.

After nine years as athletic director at nearby Gause and resurrecting the long dormant football program, LaGrone—a 1987 Milano graduate—returned to Milano last season and acted as the team’s defensive coordinator.

He is also a girls assistant in basketball and head softball coach.

“Of course Chad will be back in the saddle, as he was successful here before,” Westbrook said. “It’ll be exciting to watch him.

“Chad is a quality individual and the morals and character he brings with him are second to none.”

LaGrone is replacing Craig Jentsch, who resigned the position three weeks ago for personal reasons.

Jentsch led the Eagles to new heights in his five years at the helm, reaching the regional quarterfinals last season and finishing 10-3, just the third time Eagles have posted 10 wins in their history.

Jentsch was off to the best start of any coach in Milano history with a 40-16 record in five seasons.

The Eagles made the playoffs in three of his five years.

King has been the girls’ athletic coordinator and is one of the top volleyball coaches in the state.

“Wendy is very adept at handling athletic endeavours and can handle the administrative duties very well and I am confident in handing this over to her,” Westbrook said.

“We want to continue to improve our school programs in all that we do and we feel like we have done that now.”


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