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Kent Dernbach's transition to UW-La Crosse is going smoothly

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This is the first week as the official Interim Head Coach for Kent Dernbach, but he is already feeling right at home in La Crosse. 

Coach Dernbach first met the former Head Coach Ken Koelbl as a camper at UW Stevens Point when Koelbl was the assistant coach.  

Kent learned a lot about the UWL program not only from his relationship with Koelbl, but also coaching for UW Steven's point since 2011.

He gained a lot of experience in his final year with the Pointers when he became their Interim Head coach for the last 13 games.

Both the team and Coach Dernbach say the transition to UWL is going well. 

" For the most part they have similar game plans and ideas so it's just teetering a little bit to whatever the coaches preferences are," 2015-16 Honorable Mention Ben Meinholz said. 

" The best part of any job is the guys, and we have great young men in this program and it's day two," Dernbach said. " I have gotten to know them over the past few weeks. It is a very quick turnaround, but they are high character young men that come from really good families and I look forward to working with them this year." 

With Dernbach's experience in the WIAC, he felt more than capable for this position. 

" I feel really confident coming here to UWL," Dernbach added. " There is so much familiarity with the league, styles of play, and I wanted to make a move to an institution where I feel like you can really win and potentially win at the highest level. Meaning if you are one of the best teams in this league, you are going to be one of the best teams in the country and I believe that this program has the potential to do that." 

The Eagles lost five seniors from last year, so the biggest thing is going to be transitioning the practice players to rotational players come game time. They started their season with an exhibition game on November 10th against UWM. 

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