by Dennis Dalman
Basketball coach Marcus Oistad said the past week or so has been one of the most “fun and exciting times” of his life – a virtual “whirlwind.”
Oistad was recently named the new head basketball coach for the Sartell Sabres. He will replace previous long-time coach Dave Angell, who has retired after 31 years of coaching in Sartell.
It’s an exciting time to be named head coach, Oistad said. The team, just this past season, won the sectional championship for the first time in its history, even though it lost to DeLaSalle at the state competition.
“It was incredibly exciting to be part of that,” Oistad said.
For the past five seasons, Oistad has served as an assistant coach for the Sabres.
The Sabres are very much a part of Oistad’s life. The 2004 Sartell High School graduate played basketball, as well as football and tennis, throughout his high-school years. Currently, Oistad is also the head coach for the boys’ tennis team and has also coached football and volleyball. Before his job in Sartell, Oistad coached at St. Francis High School for a year.
Oistad is a social-studies teacher at the high school. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies and history from Bethel University, where he also played football.
“It’s a fun and exciting time,” said Oistad, who plans to spend much of the summer practicing basketball with team members. Next season’s team captains are Tom Bearson, Sam Neeser and Brandon Snoberger.
Oistad and his wife, Katie, have two sons – Joe, 2; and Sam, 3 months. Katie has been an accountant but in recent years has chosen to become a stay-at-home mom.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.