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Daniel Conners

Daniel Conners

Head Track & Field Coach

College of St. Thomas

Dan is the retired Founder and President of Biothera, a biotech company focused on developing drugs that harness specific immune cells to treat cancer. Dan has been a long time advocate of the Track programs at Saint Thomas Academy, Visitation and Nativity of Our Lord grade school in varying capacities, having been either the Starter or Clerk of Course for most home meets over the past twenty years. 

Dan ran the 400 and 800 meter dash at Hill-Murray high school ('76-’79) and at the College of St. Thomas (’79-’83). He was the Minnesota State High School Champion in the 800 meter dash in ’79. At St. Thomas he was the MIAC champion in the 800 meter dash for 3 years and a NCAA Division III National Qualifier in the 800 for 4 years. Dan and his wife Martha live in Sunfish Lake, MN and have had 6 children graduate from Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation.

Erick Fotsch '92

erick fotsch '92

Vertical Jumps Coach 

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Kim Friede

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Kim friede

Military Leadership Teacher Honor Guard/Color Guard Moderator, Assistant Cross Country Coach, Distance Coach in Track
651-683-1555 x 1337

Ed.S. in Education Leadership from Concordia University Saint Paul
M.A. in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) from Concordia University Saint Paul
B.A. in Human Resource Management) from Concordia University Saint Paul

Kimberly Friede began working at Saint Thomas Academy in 2006 and currently works as a Military Leadership 3  Instructor, Honor Guard/Color Guard Moderator, an Assistant Cross Country Coach and a Distance Coach in Track.  “I initially came to Saint Thomas Academy as a parent impressed with the school and selected it for my son's education.  Over twelve years later, I still firmly believe in the impact of supporting our mission and genuinely look forward to coming to school each day.  I am honored to be a part of this extraordinary community and immensely proud of my responsibilities as a mentor of young men. I simply cannot imagine a more rewarding experience.” On her bucket list is a long and healthy retirement shared with her family and friends.

Roger Friede

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ROger friede

Assistant Track Coach-Distance 
Assistant Cross Country Coach

The Ohio State University

Roger has coached at Saint Thomas Academy since 2015.  Running has always been an important part of his life since High School, throughout his military service with the USMC, and as a nationally-ranked ultra-marathon runner.  Roger enjoys working and running with the boys at all levels and hopes to infuse them with the same passion for running that he has. On his bucket list is to compete in an Ironman Triathlon.

Doug Hoverson

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Doug Hoverson

History & Government Teacher, Assistant Debate Coach, Assistant Track Coach, Assistant Quiz Bowl Coach, Soccer announcer
651-683-1555 x 1321

M.A. in History from the University of Minnesota
B.S in Economics from the University of Minnesota
B.A in History from the University of Minnesota

Since 1991, Doug Hoverson has taught Social Studies at Saint Thomas Academy, specializing in AP U.S. History and AP Government. In addition to his current co-curricular assignments, he has also served as Head Track Coach, Head Debate Coach, Head Speech Coach and been a member of the Worship Band. His favorite time at Saint Thomas Academy dates back to 2000-2001, when his debate team won both a state and national championship. Doug has published two books on the history of the Upper Midwest through the University of Minnesota Press.

About his role, Doug says “Saint Thomas Academy gives me a chance to share my academic and co-curricular passions with students who want to go beyond the basics. My colleagues are so good at what they do that we can all be ourselves and be confident that our students get a well-rounded experience.”

Rick Stevson

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rick stevson

Associate Director of Admissions, Assistant Track & Field Coach

Normandale Community College

Rick Stevson has been coaching Track and Field at Saint Thomas Academy since 2009, but most recently stepped into a role as the Associate Director of Admissions in the fall of 2017.  Most people would be surprised to hear Mr. Stevson say that he is an introvert at heart. He loves to spend time at home, but when he is at work he says the best part about his job are the students.  “The young men here are determined, competitive and eager. It is rare to see those qualities throughout the entire student population”.

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