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Troy Cohrs coaches the Northfield High School girls soccer team in fall 2012. Cohrs resigned from his position as coach and teacher at the high school in March. The Northfield School District confirmed allegations were made against Cohrs and investigation took place, but the details can not be made public. (News file photo)

A veteran Northfield teacher and long-time coach has resigned from his positions after the Northfield School District conducted an investigation, after unspecified allegations were made against him.

Troy Cohrs, who had served as an English teacher at Northfield High School since 1997 and as the head coach for girls track and field, and girls soccer since 2001, resigned as a teacher with the approval of the School Board at a special meeting Tuesday. He previously resigned as coach, which was approved by the board at its March 13 meeting.

Cohrs also served as an NHS Knowledge Bowl advisor from 1998-2016, as the one-act play advisor from 2007-16 and as yearbook advisor in 2008. 

On March 19, Northfield Superintendent Matt Hillmann confirmed to Northfield News that "allegations were made against Mr. Cohrs." He also said the district had conducted an investigation, and that Cohrs had been placed on administrative leave, "which is standard protocol in these circumstances."

Because Cohrs resigned before the district took any disciplinary action, Minnesota law requires the district to withhold findings from the investigation.

The resignation agreement, signed by Cohrs March 21 and by School Board members Tuesday, calls for Cohrs' irrevocable resignation. He will be on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year, which ends June 30. He will also receive monthly contributions to his health insurance premiums through 2018.

The contract states that Cohrs has no further claim to compensation.

Coaching

Cohrs started as the assistant boys soccer coach in 1997. He started as the boys and girls assistant track coach later that school year. 

In spring 2001, he served as the girls and boys head track coach, and again in 2009. All other seasons from 2001-17, he served as the girls head coach only.

In fall 2001, he started as the girls head soccer coach and remained in the position through the 2018 season.

The track team has had varying success under Cohrs' tutelage, competing against top competition in Class 2A and generally sending a few athletes to the state meet. In spring 2017, eight girls qualified for the state meet, which Cohrs labeled as a major success.

"I am super excited,” he said in June. “I think in my tenure as coach this will be the most people and the most events we’ve been represented in."

The girls soccer team qualified for state two times with Cohrs as coach: in 2004 and 2006. The Raiders lost in the semifinals in 2004 and lost in the first round in 2006

In 2016, the team finished 9-4-1 and lost to Mankato West in the section finals. In 2017, the team finished 12-1-1, winning the Big 9 conference and earning the No. 2 seed in the section tournament, but was upset by Waseca in the section semifinals.

Assistant track coach Karl Viesselman will step in as the Raider girls head coach on an interim basis for spring 2018. No replacement has yet been hired for the girls soccer team.

Reach Associate Editor Philip Weyhe at 507-645-1115 or follow him on Twitter @nfnphilweyhe.

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