New coaches readying for upcoming fall season

The first official practice for the upcoming non-football fall high school sports seasons is fewer than two weeks away. With the start of the school year right around the corner, here's a look at the new varsity head coaches at Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy.

James Cave — RAHS girls soccer

Cave comes to Roseville after spending three seasons as the head boys coach at Irondale High School. He also coached the girls team at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School for 13 seasons. In that time, Cave's teams have won 187 games and five conference titles, advanced to six section finals and earned a pair of second-place finishes at state. He is a two-time Minnesota Private School Coach of the Year.

He played high school soccer at Alexander Ramsey and Roseville and collegiately at St. Mary's in Winona.

Cave replaces Jose Canas, who coached the Raiders to a 3-14 record in 2014. Last season's roster included seven seniors.

Roseville opens the 2015 season on Thursday, Aug. 27 with a 5 p.m. home game against Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village.

Kim Duis — Concordia Academy volleyball

Duis has returned to the position that she held for six seasons back in the early 2000s. She replaces Kristin Fink, who took over for Duis in 2007 and coached the Beacons for eight seasons.

Duis' first stint as Concordia's head coach ran from 2001 to 2006, and in that time the Beacons reached the state tournament twice (2001, 2002). They finished third in both appearances. Duis compiled a record of 110-71 before stepping down following the 2006 season.

Duis returned to the volleyball program in 2013 and served as an assistant to Fink for two seasons. Prior to her first run as head coach, Duis was an assistant under Steve Dickhudt from 1995 to 2000.

Also a Concordia Academy graduate, Duis was a three-sport athlete for the Beacons and played on the 1987 volleyball team that won a state championship.

Following high school, Duis attended Montana State and earned a slew of accolades for her accomplishments on the volleyball court for the Bobcats.

Duis was inducted into the Montana State Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Concordia Academy Athletic Hall of Fame last fall.

Last fall, the Beacons went 26-9 and advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2008. Concordia finished sixth in the tournament after losing to Maple Lake, beating Mora and losing to Rocori.

Concordia Academy's first match of the 2015 season is Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at Cretin-Derham Hall High School.

Tim Foley — Concordia Academy boys soccer

Foley brings 20-plus years of coaching experience to the Concordia Academy boys soccer program. He has coached soccer and hockey at Tartan and baseball at St. Thomas Academy and Minnehaha Academy. He has also coached in the Eagan and St. Paul Capitals hockey associations.

Foley replaces Ryan Dolan, who coached the Beacons to a record of 3-9-4 in 2014.

Concordia Academy opens the 2015 season on Thursday, Aug. 27 with a 7 p.m. match at Roseville.

Kevin McKenzie — RAHS boys basketball

Among the new coaches, McKenzie is the only one not coaching a fall sports team.

McKenzie comes to Roseville after spending the past seven seasons coaching boys basketball at St. Paul Academy. He coached the Spartans to their only state tournament appearance in 2014. SPA won the Independent Metro Athletic Conference championship back in March.

McKenzie inherits a team that last season went to the state tournament for just the second time in school history but graduated a ton of talent. Roseville went 24-6 and won the Section 4AAAA title to earn a trip to state for the first time since 1997.

McKenzie replaces Ted Critchley, who coached the Raiders to 20-plus victories in four of his five seasons at Roseville. Critchley left Roseville to take the boys basketball coaching position at Fargo (North Dakota) North High School. His son Kobe will be a freshman on the University of Minnesota-Crookston men's basketball team this fall.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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