Jan 01

Burger Picked to Lead Fire Boys Basketball


After a comprehensive search, Principal John Dols announced on June 16 that Joe Burger as the new head boys basketball coach.  He shared these words, “Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, a love for the game of basketball, a commitment to the HF mission, and a passion for working with young men.”   

Coach Burger, after a short 3 year stint at Holy Family, has spent the last nine years as the head coach of the Edina High School Boys Basketball program, leading several teams through the competitive Lake Conference seasons to the Section 2AAAA finals.  He earned the distinction of 2AAAA Coach of the Year in 2017 and, in part, built a high school program by establishing a strong summer camp program that introduced over 300 youth to Edina High School basketball.  Coach Burger has experience and familiarity with the AAU program and coached with the nationally ranked 17U program.  He is well versed in the college recruiting process, and several former players have gone on to play collegiate ball, including at the Division 1 level. It is fair to say that he will immediately make an impact and continue Holy Family basketball’s strong legacy. 

Coach Burger shared this message with his new team:

It is hard to describe just how thrilled I am to be come back home to Holy Family as the Head Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach. I have always felt an exceptional loyalty to this program and it is an honor to be able to return and give back to the school that has contributed so much to my positive experience as a coach.

 I learned so much (other than how to coach defense) in my years coaching under Matt Thuli and my biggest takeaway was always how he cultivated relationships with his players. That same student-centered focus is what I will bring in as head coach and I understand that my job is for each player in our program to feel valued, regardless of their role. We are going to work hard, play the game the right way, enjoy our time on the court as a team, and maximize the competitive experience and total development of the student-athletes in our program.

 I am really looking forward to working with our players next week and so excited to be back as a part of this basketball community!

A quick note that the summer camp schedule is changing. The 9 am-10:30 am camp will be moved to 4:15-6 pm next week, beginning Monday, June 20.  The 10:30am-noon workouts will not meet next week (June 20-23).  The 10:30am-noon  workouts will resume on Monday, June 27, with an additional make-up week scheduled in August.

Coach Burger would love to meet his players’ parents.  He encourages you to stop by at the end of practice and introduce yourself.  He can also be reached at burgerj@hfchs.org if you have any additional questions.

Upcoming schedule changes

The 9 am-10:30 am camp will be moved to 4:15-6 pm next week, beginning Monday, June 20.  The 10:30am-noon workouts will not meet next week (June 20-23).  The 10:30am-noon  workouts will resume on Monday, June 27, with an additional make-up week scheduled in August.  

Coach Burger would love to meet his players’ parents.  He encourages you to stop by at the end of practice and introduce yourself.  He can also be reached at burgerj@hfchs.org if you have any additional questions.  


Jan 01

What Defines a Hometown?


On November 15, Tanner Anderson ’05 saw a long-time dream come to fruition, when his production company’s first feature film, The Turkey Bowl, was released nationwide. It’s the story of a 30-something urbanite pulled back to his rural hometown by his high school buddies on Thanksgiving to finish The Turkey Bowl – an epic football game against their crosstown rivals.

Recently, senior Quinn Jenkins, a bit of a movie buff himself, caught up with Tanner to learn more about his journey from Holy Family student-athlete to Hollywood movie producer and actor.

An Interview with Tanner Anderson

Quinn: Hollywood is a long way from Victoria, MN. What sparked your interest in acting and movie production? And how did you end up in Hollywood?

Tanner: I’ve always had a creative side, but I recall a moment when I felt the spark. It was January 22, 2008, and my roommates were watching the news. Heath Ledger had just passed away, and they were showing the first trailer to The Dark Knight, and I was mesmerized by the idea that I could escape and be someone entirely different from myself like Heath had done with The Joker. That even though he had tragically passed away, this character would live on forever. That night, I called my dad and told him I was going to be an actor. To his credit, without hesitation, he said, “I think that’s a great idea. Finish your commitment to Hamline first.” That gave me a lot of confidence, knowing I had his support, so I started taking acting classes at the Guthrie Theater.

The following summer, I took a six-week film course while studying abroad in Australia. I loved it. For the first time, I wasn’t Tanner, the basketball player; I was Tanner, the actor, and felt totally alive. During my senior year at Hamline, I auditioned for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and got accepted. I finished its two-year program and continued for a third year in their highly competitive theater group. I remember one of my acting coaches telling me that I had talent, but wouldn’t work until I was 35 because my size and deep voice, didn’t fit my boyish features.  I had to allow myself to age before having a career. She was right. Long story short, I was 27 years old, working five nights a week at a restaurant and taking acting classes on my days off. I couldn’t even get an agent, so I wasn’t auditioning. It’s a fork in the road moment for me. I was going to wake up and be 40 still working at a restaurant, changing careers and moving back to Minnesota, or I was going to figure out a way to make it happen on my own. So, I decided I’d have to produce my way into the industry, do every facet of the business, creating my stuff from start to finish. All so I could act. I read book after book about starting your own production company, made a business plan, found investors, and Make It Take It Productions was born.

Quinn: How did your company get involved with this movie?

Tanner: We found some magic with a short film, Graffiti, we did. I viewed that film as a business card to show people in the industry what we were capable of creating. I wrote, produced, and acted in it alongside Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actor John Heard. A pretty well-known writer/director Greg Coolidge saw the film and was impressed, so he sent me the script for The Turkey Bowl. That’s how it all started.

Quinn: Does any part of this movie resonate with your personal story?

Tanner: The movie is about the love of your hometown and rediscovering what made it special to you as a kid. For me, when I think of home, I think of Holy Family, not Eden Prairie or Hamline. Holy Family was a central force in my life. If it weren’t for Holy Family, there is no way I’d be doing what I’m doing. It laid the foundation for who I am as a man. It taught me how to find my footing in a new place, where I didn’t know anyone. The academics pushed me to put in hard work, and playing for the basketball team showed what it takes to be a leader — just the culture of the place instilled in me the importance of treating others with respect and dignity.

Quinn: Anything you’d like to add?

Tanner: You know, I ended up at Holy Family in only its third year of existence because the big public school system was not a good fit for me. My mom encouraged me to be a part of building something, instead of taking the more comfortable path at an established private school. It was the best decision of my life. I’m very proud of those first graduating classes and what we built for the future students attending Holy Family. The school gave me opportunities to build confidence and tools to succeed, and for that, I’m forever indebted and grateful.

Other media with Tanner Anderson

Theology teacher Doug Bosch interviewed Tanner Anderson in front of a live audience during Convocation for Holy Family’s podcast, Inside 8101. Tanner shared a deep appreciation for Holy Family and his teachers. Listen HERE or click on the video button to watch the episode.

Kare-11 Breaking the News

Current Holy Family basketball coach Matt Thuli was Tanner’s coach from 2001-2005. Kare-11 featured the difference Coach Thuli made, and continues to make, in Tanner’s life. Click on the video below to watch the segment.

Jan 01

Fire Boys Basketball Defeats Holy Angels


Fire Boys Basketball

On a chilly Saturday at Holy Family, the Fire boys Basketball took on the Academy of Holy Angels Stars. The game was closely contested from tip-off to the final buzzer, as Holy Family edged the Stars 69-67.

Nathan Hendler ’18 led the way with 17 points, including 5 three pointers on 10 attempts. Lincoln Cizek (16)’18 , Matt Waterman (14) ’18, and Nick Hendler (12) ’20 rounded out a balanced offensive performance. Waterman also pulled down 8 rebounds.

The win brings the team’s season to 6-4. Their next matchup is at Watertown-Mayer (9-1) on Tuesday night at 7pm.

Article done by Claire Melander
January 8, 2017

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