By Adam Roberts – 5/19/2021
The state of Wisconsin has had its premiere football schools over the course of time. Names that come to mind include Jerry Sinz’s program at Edgar, Joe LaBuda’s Menomonie Mustangs, Bob Hyland at St. Mary’s Springs, perennial state contender Stratford, and the Papermakers of Kimberly who didn’t lose a single game between November 2nd 2012 and August 18th, 2018. Looking over the river, you obviously have to throw in Coach Freuchte’s Caledonia Warriors as well. But we also can’t leave out Bangor, who under Rick Muellenberg have won two state championships in 2015 and 2017 and seemingly always find a way to flirt with 60 points a game.
But the winds of change are always blowing, and it seems those winds are blowing through the Bangor community today.
WXOW’s Scott Emerich reported yesterday that Muellenberg has submitted his resignation from the head coaching position along with his assistant Kevin Kravik. That means that the 2021 fall season will be the first without Rick in some sort of leadership position for the Cardinals in 20 years.
In addition to the two state titles, Rick’s Cardinals have also compiled a 166.55 record during that time.
Congratulations to both Rick and Kevin on building a dominant football culture at Bangor! The next person up has some big shoes to fill.