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Ridgewater's Thorstad steps down from head softball role

Ridgewater College’s Athletic Director Todd Thorstad has stepped down from his other position as head softball coach.

Thorstad, who will continue his role as athletic director and teaching in the physical education department, says the reason for stepping down is to spend time with family.

“Our three kids are getting older and I don’t want to miss out on what is going on in their lives,” Thorstad said in an email to the Tribune Wednesday.

The recruiting, he says, is what made the softball position so time-exhaustive.

“With softball, recruiting never ends,” he said in an email. “I have been coaching for the past 25 years and I guess I just need a break from the coaching commitments. I will definitely miss the relationships with the players, though.”

Throughout those 25 years coaching, Thorstad has seen plenty of success, including a 342-199 record over 15 seasons with the Warriors. He also guided the Warriors to six MCAC titles, six Region 13A titles and has been nationally ranked for the last 14 seasons.

The St. John’s graduate also coached 11 All-American softball players during his tenure. 

Jake Schultz

Jake Schultz is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune, working his first job out of college. He graduated from St. John's University (CSB/SJU) in 2016 and is a baseball fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @StJake29. 

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