St. Michael-Albertville head coach Jared Essler named the Week 2 Minnesota Vikings High School Coach of the Week

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St. Michael-Albertville High School head coach Jared Essler is the Week 2 winner of the Minnesota Vikings’ High School Coach of the Week.

Essler has been the Head Coach at STMA since the Fall of 2011 and joined the staff in the Fall of 2009. Prior to STMA, he coached at NDSU, Maple Grove and Coon Rapids. Coach Essler led the Knights to the 5A State Championship in 2015 and was named 5A Coach of the Year in 2015 and 6A Coach of the Year in 2017.


The Vikings and Gatorade are teaming up to honor a Gatorade Coach of the Week after each week of games during the high school football season. Coaches are chosen based on their contribution on the football field, but more importantly on the impact they make within their community and for their student athletes.

In addition to being recognized in local media for the achievement, the school’s football program receives Gatorade product for the season and a $1,000 donation on behalf of the Minnesota Vikings.

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