Fargo South coach Mattern named head football coach at Shanley
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Posted by: Administration
FARGO - Fargo South head coach Troy Mattern made the move from one tradition-rich football program to another.
Mattern was named head coach at Fargo Shanley, the school announced Monday, Jan. 9.
“I have an opportunity to go from one storied program to another,” said Mattern, who was the head coach for seven seasons at South. “Not many people in their career have an opportunity to do that.”
He was the South head coach since 2010 and posted a 52-21 record with the Bruins, leading the team to North Dakota Class 3A state championships in 2010 and 2013. He started as a South assistant coach in 2004.
Mattern takes over at Shanley for Rod Oksendahl, who retired at the end of November. Oksendahl had a 56-14 record at Shanley, including one state championship. He was a high school head coach for 37 seasons, including six at Shanley.
“Shanley is a great job,” Mattern said.
Mattern said family was part of the reason he decided to take the Shanley post, with four children going to school in the St. John Paul II Catholic Schools Network. He added it was tough to say goodbye to his football family at South.
He met with the Bruins football team Monday to let players know of his decision.
“The nice thing is I got a chance to say goodbye to the kids today before the news broke and it was hard,” Mattern said. “It’s because what the kids did for me while I was at South that I have this opportunity.”
South athletic director Mike Beaton said the Bruins’ head job would be posted at the end of January or early February, with interviews planned for March. Beaton wants to name a new head coach by the end of March or early April at the latest.
“He definitely was committed to our program,” Beaton said of Mattern. “He was a great role model for our kids.”
Mattern said four of his South assistants will be part of his staff at Shanley. That was another important factor in Mattern taking the Shanley job.
“It’s something I didn’t want to do on my own,” he said.
Mattern is proud that South remained successful after splitting into two high schools with Fargo Davies. The schools fielded their own football programs starting in 2010. South won two state titles and advanced to the state semifinals in two other seasons after the programs split.
“To maintain the tradition we had through the Davies split was a big success story for us,” Mattern said.
Mattern is not only excited about Shanley’s storied past, but also the program’s future potential.
“It’s a great opportunity to grow the program,” he said. “You’ve got some of the top facilities in the state.”