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WINDOM — Adam Farag was a fine football player a few years ago at Windom Area High.

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Now he’d like to do more to help the Eagles’ football program be successful.

“It’s definitely exciting to come back to the community that I was raised in,” said Farag, who has been named Windom’s new head football coach. “I know the area and our program really well. Having that hometown support will be really nice.

“It’s a great opportunity and I’m super-excited for it.”

Farag graduated from Windom High in 2016. He played on the defensive line at Minnesota-Morris and in recent years has been on the coaching staffs at both Upper Iowa and William Penn.

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Windom’s football teams haven’t enjoyed a lot of success the last few years.

“They just haven’t quite found ways to put it all together,” Farag said. “I think myself and my staff have come up with some things that will really help turn things around and get Windom football headed in the right direction.”

Jacob Johnson is another new hire at Windom Area, although he’s been the head girls basketball coach. Now he’s added a new title, that of Eagles’ athletic director.

“I’m pumped to have a Windom grad coming back to be our head football coach,” Johnson said when asked about Farag. “We’ve had a lot of turnover in our program the last 10 years and hopefully getting someone local will help us build some consistency. We hope to have Adam around for a while. He’s great at building relationships. He’s somebody that’s super-positive and that will be really good for our kids.”

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There are several other new hires at area high schools, including several at Fulda. Greg Erdmann has taken over athletic director responsibilities, replacing Colby Pack, who has moved to his hometown of Lamberton and will become the new boys basketball coach at Red Rock Central.

Erdmann is a Russell native who has been in Fulda for nearly three decades. He said he is enjoying his new position.

“It’s an opportunity to grow professionally and give back to the kids,” said Erdmann, who has coached many junior high and high school teams at Fulda during his tenure there. “This job is different than coaching. It’s more organizational. I’ll try to give the kids the best opportunity to play the games they all love.”

Erdmann said Jeff Drent will take over boys basketball duties with Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda. Drent is a former Worthington High sports star.

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“He’s a great guy,” Erdmann said. “He has the betterment of the athlete first in his mind. He conducts himself with great honor and respect and really has a lot of class. Jeff leads by example.”

In Slayton at Murray County Central there is a new head head girls volleyball coach. In fact, there are two of them.

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Katie Furth and Becky Reinsma have been named co-head coaches for the Rebels.

“MCC is excited to start a new era of volleyball with Katie and Becky,” said Rebels’ athletic director James Wajer. “They are energetic, have tremendous knowledge of the game and are eager to get their program running.”

At Mountain Lake, meanwhile, longtime boys basketball coach Shawn Naas has added the title of athletic director.

Jackson County Central also has a new athletic director, as Dustin Pautsch has taken over the responsibilities.

Scott Mansch is a Globe sports reporter and can be reached at smansch5rockets@gmail.com

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