The Lutheran North appoints Wagner as the brand new soccer coach for highschool soccer

The Lutheran North appointed Kyle Wagner (center) as their new football coach on Friday, May 14, 2021. Photo by Lutheran North.

Kyle Wagner is a man on the move.

Wagner was announced by the school on Friday as the next head coach of the Lutheran North football program. Wagner was assistant trainer for the crusaders from 2017 to 2019. In March 2020, he left the Lutheran North to become head coach at Ritenour.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ritenour did not participate in the fall season and played in the spring season 2021. Before the start of the spring season, Wagner was hired by Sikeston as head coach for football.

The 33-year-old Wagner trained the huskies in their four spring games, in which they went 1-3. He then began building relationships with the players and families in Sikeston.

Even before he even started summer conditioning, Wagner resigned to join Lutheran North, who needed a coach after Carl Reed accepted the same position at De Smet.

“I am grateful to have one of the most prestigious and sought-after jobs in Missouri,” Wagner said in a Lutheran North press release. “I know the Lutheran North and have deep relationships here and look forward to creating more.”

Wagner takes on a crusader program that has been incredibly successful historically and recently. The Lutheran North won the state championship in class 2 in 2019 with Wagner as the offensive coordinator. The crusaders reached the semi-finals in 2017 and 2018 with Wagner as defensive coordinator. Last season Lutheran North took a 5-1 lead and was beaten by eventual national champion Blair Oaks in the quarter-finals of class 3.

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