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Blum, UW-L moving on after Dettwiler resignation

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

Joel Dettwiler's resignation as UW-La Crosse's football coach remains shrouded in mystery.

The school was not offering much insight two days after the decision was made to move on with a new head coach.

UW-L Director of Athletics Kim Blum did not get into specifics on the resignation when she spoke with WXOW 19 Wednesday, referring to it as a personnel matter.

Blum was appreciative of Dettwiler's hard work though and wished him the best. She also outlined what the school is looking for in a new head coach.

"We want somebody who can execute, who can get people energized about what they're doing and win some games.  We want somebody who's committed to the academic piece.  We want someone who has a passion in working with these young men and helping them build their lives," Blum said.

Dettwiler was 16 and 34 in five years as head coach. He declined an interview request.

The football program once held a strong foothold nationally in division 3 circles.

But it's been 20 years since the last national title and 8 years since the programs last winning season.

Resources have been an issue in the past. The program has just two full-time employees who are assistant coaches. Most programs in the WIAC have twice that many or more. Adding more full-time positions has been a continuous effort.

"We make those cases regularly with all of our programs as does the academic side of the house.  It's tight here in Wisconsin.  Of course we want to win.  I talk to our student-athletes this fall about that.  Our coaches talk to our student-athletes about that.  It's not something we're dictating to them.  It's their drive and their passion too," Blum said.

Blum said she's already received more than 25 inquires about the position.

There is a process UW-L must follow with the hiring, so a new head coach won't be named until February.

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