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Spahn Hired as New Thunderhawks Head Coach
April 25, 2014Grand Rapids Thunderhawks Football
The Grand Rapids football team will be led by Greg Spahn this coming season. Spahn was named the new head coach of the Thunderhawks Thursday.
Spahn has served as an assistant coach at Bigfork High School since 2009, where he is also a teacher. He replaces long-time head coach Tim Botsford, who retired last fall.
Spahn said after Botsford stepped down, he was excited at the opportunity to apply and in hopes of becoming the head coach.
“It’s been something I’ve been shooting for ever since I was in high school,” Spahn said.
“It was a long process, but a really good one. When I look back, it feels like one of those situations where this was where I’m supposed to be at this place and time.
“I’m looking forward to getting started. To get to know the kids and the coaches. We’ve got some work to do and I’m going to work hard to do that and come August, we’ll be ready to go. I’m excited what we can accomplish together.”
Originally from southern Wisconsin, Spahn is a 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he played football and served as an assistant on the coaching staff.
After a move to Colorado Springs in 2005, he taught at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, where he coached wrestling and football. He also served as a running back and special teams coach at Colorado College for a year.
In 2009, Spahn got a call from his former roommate and teammate at River Falls, Thor Johnson. Johnson who is the head coach at Bigfork, informed Spahn about a teaching position and a chance to coach.
“I talked it over with my wife and we moved to Grand Rapids and I have worked at Bigfork ever since,” he said.
Spahn said it will be tough to leave the program at Bigfork, but is excited to move on.
“The community support for the team has been unbelievable. We accomplished a lot. It’s been fun and it will be hard to leave.”