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Bethlehem Academy Cardinals football coach Dennis Glenzinski, seen during a speech at BA’s homecoming in September, resigned Wednesday. (Jacob Swanson/Faribault Daily News)

After less than three seasons in the position, Bethlehem Academy head football coach Dennis Glenzinski resigned Wednesday.

Glenzinski took over for Scott Hanson before the 2016 season, with the Cardinals earning a state berth in his second year in charge.

Prior to serving as the team’s head coach, Glenzinski was Hanson’s defensive coordinator for 10 years.

“I am very appreciative of the work coach Glenzinski has done for BA football. He’s been a part of the program for a long time as an assistant and stepped up to be a head coach when Scott Hanson left three years ago,” Bethlehem Academy Activities Director Ed Friesen said. “I think he cares very much about the players and wanting them to do well and I think he has a good football mind. He’s a good person, it’s just kind of unfortunate that we had a situation that led to Dennis resigning.”

Glenzinski would not comment on the decision to resign Wednesday, but said he would likely make a statement Thursday.

The Cardinals were 14-13 in Glenzinski’s tenure as head coach. BA, a 2-4 team so far this season, takes on Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity on Friday.

Offensive coordinator Jim Beckmann takes over as interim head coach in Glenzinski’s absence. He would not comment on Glenzinski’s decision to resign.

Friesen said he has confidence in Beckmann and his coaching staff, but acknowledged that it could be a potential distraction late in the season.

“I would think any time you deal with anything that’s a disruption or a distraction or whatever, that’s always a challenge for any team and it creates more challenge as far as the assistant coaches, as far as additional duties that they have to take on as far as leading the program,” Friesen said. “I have tremendous confidence in Jim’s ability to lead the program here the rest of the way, both Jim and the rest of the assistant coaches.”

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