Mark Stein replaces Doug Lange as MLC football coach

NEW ULM – On Thursday, Martin Luther College and the MLC athletic department announced that Doug Lange, MLC’s head football coach, will be turning over the coaching reins to Mark Stein, who serves as MLC’s director of admissions.

Lange led the football program for 10 years, starting in the 2005 season. He finished his career with a 45-52 record, and led the Knights to a UMAC North Championship in 2009. He won UMAC Coach of the Year honors following that season.

During his tenure, Lange coached 38 First Team All-UMAC performers, three UMAC Defensive Players of the Year, and one UMAC Offensive Player of the Year. His teams set numerous school records during that period, including the single-season offensive records for points, touchdowns, total yards, rushing yards, and total yards.

According to a press release issued by MLC, Lange will be filling some much-needed teaching positions for the MLC education department as well as serving as head track coach for the upcoming 2015 season.

“I’m very supportive of the coaching change,” Lange said. “I wish the richest blessings to the Knight football team and especially to coach Stein.”

Stein served as head football coach at Shoreland Lutheran High School for 12 years (1999-11), where he won one conference championship and led his team to the state playoffs seven consecutive seasons. He also served as an assistant at coach for football at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, and helped that program to the 1998 WISAA State Championship. His experience provides the Knights with a ready resource that will allow for a smooth transition.

Due to Stein’s role as director of admissions, NCAA regulations will necessitate some small changes in his role related to student admissions, but those changes will not impact his primary duties in that office.