Varpness named Burnsville football head coach

Vince Varpness, the Burnsville High School football team’s offensive coordinator in 2016, has been promoted to head coach, the school announced Friday.

Varpness’ coaching resume includes two stretches at Burnsville as offensive coordinator (the 2010 and 2016 seasons), two years as head coach at St. Louis Park, offensive and defensive coaching assignments at St. Olaf College, and three years as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Minnesota. He is a physical education and health teacher at Burnsville High School.

Varpness replaces Tyler Krebs, who was Burnsville’s head coach for six years before being named Lakeville South’s head coach last month. Krebs, a Lakeville native, played football at Lakeville High School for Larry Thompson, who Krebs is replacing at Lakeville South. Thompson retired following the 2016 season.

Burnsville had losing records in its first four seasons under Krebs but was 16-5 the last two years, including an appearance in the Class 6A quarterfinals in 2015. The Blaze was 7-3 last season and reached the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Last fall, Varpness’ Blaze offense averaged almost 21 points per game despite having to change quarterbacks in midseason because of an injury to the starter. Senior running back Jackson Martens rushed for 1,133 yards and nine touchdowns.