Three hundred thirty-six wins.
That is the impressive number of victories that Adam Swanda amassed in his 21 years as the varsity coach of the New Richmond boys hockey team. While that is an incredible win total, it does not include the one win that Swanda most wanted in his coaching career.
"I wanted to be part of the team that won a WIAA state tournament in a one-class system," Swanda said.
That won't be happening. Swanda's resignation was accepted at the Oct. 15 meeting of the New Richmond Board of Education.
Zach Kier, a captain on the last Tiger team to qualify for state in 2011, has been hired in a one-year position to be the next Tiger varsity coach. Kier has coached in the Tiger system the past two years.
Swanda is the owner of St. Croix Financial Services and he said the time commitments of his business were a major part of his decision to retire from coaching.
"I don't think I can commit the amount of time and energy I expect from myself and the kids," Swanda said.