La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) 41 years is a long time to do anything.
And after 41 years of coaching football at Aquinas Dan Coughlin has decided he's had enough.
Coughlin announced his retirement from coaching Tuesday.
He spent the last 22 years as the head coach of the Blugolds program.
He led them to three state titles, 2 of them in WISAA, the old private school affiliation.
Coughlin also had one in the WIAA in 2007, when Aquinas won the division 5 state title.
But Aquinas football was always more than wins and losses for Coughlin.
"My father played here in the '30's and my older brother played here in the '60's. My younger brothers played and my sons played here and I played here so it's a very special thing. It's a long-term tradition here and it really means a lot to be a part of it," Coughlin said.
"It's a commitment sport. You really ask the kids to be committed. If it ever got to the point where you were not, as a coach, able to make that same commitment then you would really be short-changing the kids. So, I decided before there was ever a chance of that happening that I would get out."
Besides his father, Coughlin mentioned Jack Nockles, Dave Reinders and John Machuta as some of his coaching influences.
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