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Soldier to head coach: Loscheider’s incredible journey to Mondovi

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Mondovi (WQOW) — We all know that life has many twists and turns, and sometimes dreams and goals have to be put on hold along the way. For Mondovi’s Craig Loscheider, he delayed his dream of coaching the sports he loves to serve his country.

“I don’t think I would have joined the military if it wasn’t for football,” Loscheider says, who begins his third season with the Buffaloes.

His life has been defined by two things, his love for the game and his time serving in the United States military.

“I felt like the infantry, the army was the same thing,” Loscheider says. “You’d go train and spend time together, and work at getting better as a unit. It’s not a game, but it’s the same concept.

Loscheider spent his whole childhood around the gridiron, even playing division three college football at Concordia University in Wisconsin. But after his playing career was over, he felt the pull to serve his country.

“I’m a person who really believes that God has a plan for everybody’s life,” says Loscheider. “And when I felt the pushing to join the army, I did have some apprehension for sure, but at the same time I thought that was what I should do.

His unit, the Air force infantry. And in 2006, Loscheider was deployed to Iraq for 11 months. And during his time oversees one of the thoughts that kept him going, was his dream of becoming a high school football head coach.

“February 2nd, 2005. I knew that’s when I was shipping to basic training,” says Loscheider. “So I started coaching football that fall. And by the end of it, I knew I was going to be a football coach.”

But the road wasn’t easy. Once he was back in the states, Loscheider had four assistant coaching gigs in the span of ten years before landing in Mondovi. And now the former soldier, only has tunnel vision for the gridiron.

“I didn’t enjoy the army when I was in it, and a lot of soldiers don’t if they’re honest,” Loscheider says. “But now that I look back at it, I’m very thankful for it but I feel like I’m moving on.

Now in his third season with the Buffaloes, he’s fully committed to building up their program.

“I don’t want to go anywhere, I’m as happy as somebody can be I think,” says Loscheider. “I get to coach with my dad, my brother, and get to coach the toughest kids I know. I’m doing the job I want to do, I’m coaching the sport I want to coach, and I owe most of my life to football.

Collin Talbert

Collin Talbert is the sports director at WQOW News 18. He joined News 18 in June 2018 as our weekend sports anchor as was promoted to sports director in November 2018.

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