COTTAGE GROVE — Ricky Knutson has resigned as head track and field coach at Cottage Grove High, the school announced Thursday.

The veteran coach, who had been in charge of the Lions' program since 2012, drew praise from athletic director Gary Roberts who praised Knutson's ability to motivate young athletes and his commitment to excellence.

Since 2012, Cottage Grove has won three Sky-Em League boys district championships (2016-18), two girls titles (2013-14) and four co-ed crowns. In 2013, Knutson's girls team recorded its best finish in school history with a third place at the OSAA Class 4A state championships.