Prep cross country: Former Reedsville coach Bubolz to succeed Nikolai

Prep cross country: Former Reedsville coach Bubolz to succeed Nikolai

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Prep cross country: Former Reedsville coach Bubolz to succeed Nikolai

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On Thursday it was announced former Reedsville cross country coach Michael Bubolz has been selected to succeed Len Nikolai as the head coach at Manitowoc Lincoln.

Bubolz served as Nikolai’s volunteer assistant during this past cross country season. He is also serves as a distance coach for the boys and girls track and field teams at Lincoln.

“We are extremely excited to have Michael lead our cross country program into the future. This is uncharted territory, as we have not hired a cross country coach since 1968. We chose Michael from a group of very capable candidates, and believe he is the right person to mentor and coach our student-athletes,” said Lincoln athletic director John Johnson.

Bubolz has a great passion for distance running and a strong background in coaching. From 2008-2011 he served as the cross country coach at Reedsville where he led the Panthers to a second-place finish in the Olympian Conference in 2010, and a finish in the top half of the conference during his other seasons.

He also coached Reedsville’s first state qualifier in over a decade and its second in school history.

“It is a tremendous honor to follow in the footsteps of Coach Nikolai and carry on the traditions he put in place at Manitowoc Lincoln,” said Bubolz. “This is a very exciting opportunity and I cannot wait to get started. I truly enjoy working with the Lincoln student-athletes.”

Bubolz, a Reedsville native, was a four-year letter winner in cross country at Carthage College, winning the Red Men Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2006 and 2007. He has qualified for the Boston Marathon four times and recently finished 18th in the Green Bay Marathon.

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