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Darren Tighe is named men’s hoops coach at Ridgewater

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Darren Tighe has been named as the new men's basketball coach at the Ridgewater College men’s basketball coach.

Todd Thorstad, athletic director at the two-year college in Willmar, made the announcement Tuesday morning.


Tighe most recently worked from 2012-2014 as assistant boy's basketball coach at Redwood Valley High School, Thorstad said.

He has also worked from 2007-2011 as the head boys' basketball coach at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School;  from 207-2011 as assistant/associate head men’s basketball coach at NCAA DIII school Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato and from 2005-2007 as assistant boys’ basketball coach  at Cedar Mountain High School in Morgan.

Tighe replaces Bob Knutson, who retired after a high-school and college coaching career spanning five decades.

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Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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