Cedar Rapids RoughRiders hire Ben Kinne as new assistant coach

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CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders announced Tuesday that Ben Kinne has been hired as an assistant coach.

Kinne has been an assistant coach at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. He played collegiately at Bemidji State, where he was team captain from 2011 through 2013.

Kinne replaces Doug Leaverton, who left the RoughRiders just prior to the beginning of the season to take a scouting job with the United States National Team Development Program.

“The RoughRiders organization would like to welcome Ben and his wife, Bri, to Cedar Rapids,” said RoughRiders Coach/General Manager Mark Carlson. “We are very happy to have Ben as part of our coaching staff. We felt it was important to bring in a coach that had prior coaching and scouting experience and we also wanted a coach that was very driven to impact the RoughRiders organization. Ben will make an impact in our scouting efforts and he will bring great ideas to the coaching side of things as well.”

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