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Four finalists named in search for new UW-L football coach

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On Thursday, UW-La Crosse narrowed the number of candidates down to four in their search for a new head football coach.

And a couple of the finalists have ties to the area and the university.

The university said that Mike Schmidt, Brent Schroeder, Travis Rundle, and Jim Zebrowski are the finalists to replace Joel Dettweiler, who stepped down last November.

Here's a snapshot of each candidate:

Mike Schmidt is a 2008 UW-L graduate who is currently serves as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at UW-Platteville. He's also held coaching positions at the University of Dubuque and Minnesota State University Mankato. He played four years on the Eagles football team.

The other local name is Brent Schroeder, the head football coach of the Caledonia Warriors. He's coming off a 2015 state championship to go with three other wins at state (2010-12) in Minnesota Class 2A football. Overall, as head coach, he's 76-3 since he became head coach in 2010.

Travis Rundle is the current defensive coordinator, head strength and conditioning coach, and linebacker coach at Illinois Wesleyan University, a positing he's held since 2011. He's also helped guide the Titans to two NCAA Division III playoff appearances during his tenure in 2011 and 2013.

Jim Zebrowski's most recent coaching experience is as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota from 2011-15. He was quarterbacks coach and also passing game coordinator for the Gophers. He's also had coaching stints at Northern Illinois University, UW-Whitewater, Lakeland College (Wis.), Millikin University, and Southern Illinois. 

The university plans to bring in all four coaching candidates next week. Schmidt will visit the campus on January 27-28, while Schroeder is at the university on January 28-29. Rundle's visit is scheduled for January 25-26. Zebrowski is on campus on January 26-27. 

The university plans open forums with the coaching candidates, but are still working out details of those events.

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