Jens Levisen and Henry Tolbert are quite a pair.
Levisen –– the Austin High boys soccer head coach –– has led the Packers with a steady hand. He knows what it takes to win, and he's guided Austin to five Big Nine Conference titles and four Section One, Class A crowns.
But he couldn't do it without players like Tolbert.
The senior striker was electric this season, tallying 24 goals and 11 assists as a senior for the 13-0-1 Packers. He was named Minnesota's Mr. Soccer and the Post Bulletin All-Area Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
But both Levisen and Tolbert received some even bigger recognition this week.
Levisen was tabbed by the United Soccer Coaches as the small school National Coach of the Year. Tolbert was named an All-American.
Both men have great admiration and respect for each other.
“Henry is leaving here with such a legacy,” Levisen told the Post Bulletin in November. “We lost three games to the state-title winners. Four Big Nine titles. Four Section 1A championships. His sophomore and junior year, he was named to the all-tournament team at the state meet.”
But Tolbert wouldn't have turned into the electric player he was without Levisen's guiding influence.
“Coach Levisen is like a second father to me," Tolbert said. "He’s always been there for me. He helped me so much as a freshman. I didn’t know about the shooting tactics. He caught me on the side to teach me where to move the ball and how to shoot. He does everything for us.”
Tolbert and Levisen have been a dominant duo for years throughout Minnesota.
Now, the rest of the nation is starting to see it too.