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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Contact SID Eric Kunick @ (608) 796-3820


La Crosse, WI -- Viterbo University baseball coach Larry Lipker has announced that he is leaving Viterbo to be the head coach at King College in Bristol, Tennessee.

“My time here at Viterbo has been absolutely unbelievable,” commented Lipker. “The Viterbo community has been tremendous to work for and I will really miss this campus. Barry and the athletics staff gave me opportunity to be a head coach for the first time and I will for ever be grateful of that.”

Lipker took over the V-Hawk baseball program in 2001 after spending five seasons at Morehead State University as an assistant. In his four seasons at Viterbo, Lipker has achieved the most wins of any baseball coach with 110 and his 2004 team won 31 games, which is second most in a single season. Off the field, Coach Lipker has seen more players graduate as well as seen the team's GPA jump above a 3.0.

“Going to King College, is an opportunity for my wife, Dawn, and I to move back closer to home and be with our families,” stated coach Lipker. “As well as, baseball is one of the top sports in the south and King plays in a tough conference.”

King College is very similar to Viterbo and competes in the NAIA as well. Coach Lipker will take over for Craig Kleinmann who lead the Tornado's to a 41-17 overall record and 16-8 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Lipker will also serve as the Outdoor Athletics Facility Coordinator and will be an Instructor of Physical Education at King College. He will begin his duties on July 1.

This season the V-Hawk went 26-33 overall and 11-17 in the Midwest Classic Conference. One highlight from this season came when the V-Hawks defeated Grand View College at their place for the first time under Coach Lipker.

“We have been very fortunate to have a coach like Larry for the past four seasons and are saddened to hear he is leaving,” commented Athletics Director Barry Fried. “We wish him the best of luck at King College and hope his success here at Viterbo will help him down the road.”

A search for Coach Lipker's successor will start immediately.

Coach Lipker will be attending a family wedding and will be out of town until Monday but can be reached for comments on his cell phone at (608) 385-2036, Athletics Director Barry Fried will be out of town attending the NACDA convention until Sunday night. He can be reached for comments on Monday at (608)796-3812.

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