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A dozen Minnesota high school football coaches with NFL and college pasts

The Twin Cities are dotted with high school football coaches who have played the game themselves, some at the highest level at which it is played. Here is an overview of a dozen:

Steve Walsh, Cretin-Derham Hall: Helped the Raiders regain prominence in the early 1980s and was a high school All-America in 1984. Went to quarterback Miami for a college national championship in 1987 and played for six teams and threw for 7,875 yards career in a 10-year NFL career.

Marcus Harris, Breck: A graduate of Brooklyn Center, he became an award-winning college receiver in Wyoming. He had three years with over 1,400 receiving yards and won the 1996 Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver.

Willie Howard, Cooper: An All-Pac-10 defensive lineman at Stanford, he was a second-round draft pick for the Vikings in 2001 and played for two seasons before his career was cut short by a knee injury. He recently added the title of Operations Manager at Cooper.

Bo Wasurick, Anoka: A native of the Green Bay, Wisconsin area, Wasurick was the Gophers tight end from 1995-1998. He caught one pass in his career, a 5-yard pass in 1997. Since then, he has been coaching for 23 years, with stops in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota.

James Manuel, Irondale: A graduate of Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Manuel played for the Gophers from 2010 to 2013. He was drafted as a safety, a position he held for two years before moving to linebacker for his junior and senior seasons. Had 40 tackles as a safety, 103 tackles and a pick of six at linebacker.

Sean McMenomy, Benilde-St. At Margaret’s: The Rosemount native was a hard-hitting cornerback for the Gophers from 1992-1996. Since graduating, he has served as head coach at Minneapolis Southwest and DeLaSalle and schools in North Carolina and Oregon.

Justin McDonald, North St. Paul: A freshman coach for the Polars and a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he is making his maiden voyage through the Minnesota climate. He was a linebacker at Central Florida, graduating in 2016.

Five others who played football in college

Mike Grant, Eden Prairie: tight end, St. John’s

Beau LaBore, Stillwater: linebacker, St. John’s

Ray Betton, Shakopee: running back, Bemidji State

Jared Essler, Saint-Michel-Albertville: free safety, state of north dakota

Ryan Weinandt, Dassel-Cokato: defensive end, St. John’s