Nate Lubarski has been named the new Crookston Pirate Football coach pending Crookston School Board approval.
Lubarski has been instrumental in reviving the weight room numbers and selecting certain equipment for interval training in the recently redone Crookston High School weight room. Lubarski has also been a football coach on several levels from youth, junior high, and assistant varsity coach. He also owns and operates Crookston United Insurance.
Lubarski told KROX that they want as many kids as possible to come out for football and they will likely play. Everybody has a role on the team and they have a goal to platoon as many players as possible to keep them fresh. He said they want to form a strong team mentality and have team goals, not individual goals.
Lubarski is a 1993 graduate of Argyle High School and played on the Argyle state runner-up football team his sophomore season where they lost to Hills Beaver Creek. Lubarski’s high school coach was Jim Guetter.
After high school, Lubarski played at the University of North Dakota from 1993 to 1997. He started as quarterback, was moved to tight end until a player named Jim Kleinsasser joined the Fighting Sioux program and Lubarski was moved to fullback.
Coaching is in the blood as Lubarski is the son of Conrad “Connie” Lubarski who coached in Argyle for seven years (1977-1983). Nate’s brother, Nevin, is the boy’s basketball coach for Stephen-Argyle Central.
The Crookston Pirate football coaching staff will have a smooth transition with everybody staying on staff under Lubarski.
Defensive Coordinator – Darin Zimmerman
Offensive Coordinator – David Hennings
Assistant coaches – Brett Brenden, Dan Rooney (Strength and conditioning), Bryan Boll (volunteer).
The first day of practice for 9-12th graders will be Monday, August 16.