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Carroll College coach Mike Van Diest announces retirement

Posted at 9:40 AM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 11:40:40-05
Mike Van Diest
The Carroll College football team travels to No. 19 Montana Western on Saturday. (Richie Melby/MTN Sports photo)

HELENA — For the first time this century, Carroll College will be looking for a new head football coach.

Mike Van Diest announced his retirement at a press conference Monday morning, stepping down from the post he’s held since 1999.

Van Diest guided the Fighting Saints to 203 wins during his 20 seasons as head coach, winning 14 Frontier Conference championships, including 12 consecutive from 2000-11, and six national titles.

Carroll hasn’t posted a winning record since 2014, though, when the Saints finished 10-2 and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NAIA playoffs. They went 5-6 this fall after three consecutive 4-6 seasons.

Van Diest is a 1970 graduate of Helena High School and has been in the college coaching ranks since 1976 when he got his start at the University of Wyoming.

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-Richie Melby reporting for MTN Sports