Bakken announces retirement as WEM football coach

Long-time Buccaneer football coach Jon Bakken announced Nov. 6 he is retiring from coaching after 40 years, 31 of those years locally.

After 40 years, 31 at Waterville-Elysian and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, Jon Bakken has decided to retire as head football coach. Bakken has accumulated 279 career wins, 271 as a Buccaneer coach. His win total is 12th on the all-time Minnesota high school coaching list. He is 279-89 all-time as a varsity head coach. Check out the Nov. 9 edition of the LIFE/Enterprise for more on Bakken and his decision to retire.