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Mount Horeb/Barneveld's Travis Klassy (20) carries the ball in a Badger North Conference football game against Waunakee at Waunakee High School in Waunakee, Wis., Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

Bret St. Arnauld has been named football coach for the Mount Horeb/Barneveld football team, Mount Horeb activities director and associate principal Kolleen Nesheim announced Monday.

St. Arnauld was the football coach at Delavan-Darien.

Nesheim said in an email that St. Arnauld has coaching experience in Iron Mountain, Michigan, at Utica Eisenhower in Shelby Township, Michigan and most recently at Delavan-Darien. He played football at Saginaw Valley State in Michigan.

Nesheim said the players who were on the interview committee felt a special connection with St. Arnauld.

She said she believed he will be a great fit for the Mount Horeb/Barneveld football team.

“We are very excited to have Bret join us,” she said.

Ryan Kleppe stepped down as Vikings football coach in March.

Kleppe, who was hired in 2016, compiled a 17-4 record in two seasons.

"It's the right time in my life to step back and look in a new direction,” Kleppe said when he resigned.

This fall, Kleppe led the Vikings to a 9-2 record. They finished second in the Badger North Conference with a 6-1 record, one game behind Waunakee, which won the WIAA Division 2 state title. Third-seeded Mount Horeb/Barneveld defeated Evansville/Albany 56-7 in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs before falling to second-seeded Waukesha Catholic Memorial 26-20 in the second round.

The Vikings finished 8-2 in his first season in 2016. They finished 5-1 in the Badger North and lost to Delavan-Darien 28-21 in overtime in the first round of the playoffs.

When Kleppe took over as football coach, he replaced Travis Rohrer, who resigned in January, 2016. Kleppe had been a member of Rohrer’s staff.

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.