New Ulm’s Jonathan Curry named Fulda football coach
NEW ULM — Jonathan Curry, a 2006 graduate of New Ulm High School and a 2010 graduate of St. Olaf College, is the new head football coach at Fulda High School.
Curry, the son of Dave and Jill Curry of New Ulm, also received his Master’s degree in education from University of St. Mary’s (Minn.) in 2016.
“I am very excited about this,” said Curry, who ran the offense for the Raiders for four years. “This is something that I have worked for since high school — to be a head coach and follow in my father [Dave’s] footsteps. It is just exciting now to have it be my team and my program.
“I ran the offense and the head coach [Greg Erdman] ran the defense so we are just really switching.”
Curry said that his offense will be a combination of things.
“We will run some wing-T and some veer options and we will go shotgun as well,” Curry said. “We will try and be pretty versatile and 9-man football allows you to try some different things to change things up based on what your strengths are and what the defenses weakness are.”
Curry, who is a social studies teacher at Fulda, knows that as head coach he will have a few more responsibilities.
“Greg is staying on as my assistant but there are a few things that I have to pick up on,” Curry said. “It is exciting to have more responsibility to.”
Fulda has been a 9-man team for the past five years.
“Our first four years we were not very good,” Curry said. “We had one or two wins a year but last year we were 5-5 and did win our first playoff game. We did lose some key seniors but we bring back some good players.”
Curry, who is an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Fulda, is also coaching Fulda American Legion baseball despite the fact that Fulda has no high school team.
“We are in our second year of Legion baseball and we will be better than we were last year,” Curry said. “We have a couple of kids from Slayton playing for us since they do not have a team. But it is hard because all of the other teams are playing high school baseball in the spring.
“It is good for the kids to get out and have fun playing baseball. It was not hard to get kids out for Legion baseball and when I wrote to the Fulda Legion Club, the community was very supportive. It is a baseball town despite not having high school baseball.”
Curry said that the one thing that he will tell his players at their first football practice this season is that “we are a team on the rise and we will go out and compete every Friday night.”
KNOWLES IN MANKATO THIS WEEKEND: Former New Ulm Cathedral and current University of Minnesota baseball player Gabe Knowles will be playing with the Duluth Huskies this weekend when they play the Mankato Moondogs in Mankato.