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After Building a Champion in Osseo, Lamker Ready to Move On

Jan 20, 2016 09:53PM ● By Doug Erlien
Tuesday afternoon, Derrin Lamker gathered the returning Osseo Senior High football players together and notified them that he was stepping down as head coach.

Lamker, who led the Osseo program for 11 years highlighted by last season’s run to the class 6A championship, resigned citing family reasons, 
according to a MN Football Hub report

“Derrin did an outstanding job turning around a struggling program into a perennial power,” Osseo Senior High Activities Director Bill Quan said. “He has helped build a bond between our school community and the city of Osseo through football.”

Lamker will take on the offensive coordinator position in Edina next season, 
according to the MN Football Hub report

In 11 years, Lamker put Osseo Football on the map. His 74-39 record, his multiple NWSC Coach of the Year awards, his three conference championships - capped off with the 2015 state crown.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me to coach and be friends with all the Osseo players over these 11 years,” Lamker said. “My family is truly blessed to have known all of these great kids and their families.”

“I’ve had three boys go through the Osseo football program under Coach Lamker’s leadership and all three look back with on their time there with pride,” Past Osseo Football Booster President Bob Fischer said. "Each of them stays in contact with Coach Lamker or one of his assistants as personal relationships grew in their time there. As a parent, I’m grateful to Coach Lamker and his staff not only for the football my boys got to play, but also for the dedication and hard work they were taught of what it takes to be successful.”

The Orioles head football coach position will be posted early in February with interviews conducted in mid to late February, 
according to Quan. He hopes to have the position filled in early to mid-March.

“I want to thank Derrin for his tenure at Osseo and wish him the best at Edina,” Quan said.

"We’ll miss Coach Lamker up here in Osseo, but wish him nothing but the best in the next phase of his coaching career," Fischer said. 

Writer's note: 
I remember talking with Osseo Boys Basketball coach Tim Theisen at Perkins in Osseo in the fall of 2005, Derrin’s first year as head coach. Tim asked if I had met Derrin yet and I told him I had not. His response has always resonated with me. He commented, “He’s amazing. The kids all believe in what he’s saying and he is going to do special things here.” Theisen’s comments couldn’t have turned out more accurate.  Feel free to share your experience in comments below!

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