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Pair of coaches step down

As athletics director, Rosemount's Mike Manning knew his term as boys basketball coach was a temporary fix, and he was going to need to find a replacement soon.

What Manning didn't expect was having to find a boys golf coach -- and in such a short time.

Manning announced this week that he will step down as boys basketball coach, and last week longtime boys golf coach Dick Forsberg announced he will leave the team before this season.

The timing of Forsberg's announcement was unexpected and unfortunate.

The Irish boys golf team started practice this week.

"It was something we knew was a possibility, we just didn't know it was going to be so soon," Forsberg said. "It's tough to leave, but it was bound to happen sometime. And, it helps to know that I am handing over a strong team."

Forsberg and his wife have accepted a job in Louisville, Ky. He was hoping he could delay the move until June, but the company requested he arrive by April.

It ends Forsberg's long tenure as Irish coach. He has coached for 45 years, the last 38 years at Rosemount.

"Dick is absolutely one of the classiest guys and one of the best coaches," Manning said. "He is a good person and we will miss him tremendously."

Greg Gamache has accepted a role as interim coach and Doug Monro will remain an assistant coach.

"Through other circumstances, I know many of the kids," Gamache said. "It should be a smooth transition."

Rosemount will open a search for a permanent replacement after the season.

Manning hopes to have his replacement in place by April. He has coached the past two seasons.