PHS football team has new head coach

This article submitted by Stephanie Everson on 8/26/97.

The Paynesville Area High School football team began training, not only for the 1997 football season, but with a new coach as well. Kyle Nehowig, Paynesville Area High School's new head football coach, has taken over for Virgil Vagle, coach of the Paynesville football team for 30 years.

Nehowig, who lives southwest of Paynesville with his wife and three children, entered the Paynesville coaching scene in 1989. Having served as assistant coach for football and track, Nehowig applied for the head coaching position when it opened.

Originally from Madelia, Minn., Nehowig attended Worthington Community College, and then went on to graduate from Mankato State University. After finishing his college studies, he returned to his home town of Madelia, where he coached high school track until 1988.

During his eight years with Paynesville Area High School sports, Nehowig and his team members have, in turn, overcome various challenges as well as enjoyed their successes.

Nehowig recalled one of his greatest memories with the Paynesville Area High School football team was when they played at the metrodome in St. Paul for the Section Championship. Even though the team didn't take the victory, it was one of the high points of his coaching carreer.

Paynesville's 1997 football season produced around 30 players, only a couple short of last year's count. Nehowig is looking forward to a successful season with the help of assistant coaches Ron Fuchs, Tim Woehler, and Cameron Mahlum.

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