School board approves Wilvers as track coach |

School board approves Wilvers as track coach

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District school board made it official March 25, approving the hiring of Dan Wilvers as South Tahoe boys’ track coach.

Wilvers, whose son Hudson is finishing his senior season as the track team’s top runner, was a volunteer coach for the Vikings last year. This year, he started out as a volunteer, but since South Tahoe had no success in finding a ‘paid’ coach he was promoted to the spot. He has been serving as a volunteer coach for the past 12 years, three of them with South Tahoe track.

“(Volunteering) is the way I like it because I can still call my own shots,” Wilvers said. “This year, I’m going to turn the money back over to the track program. Most people won’t coach for free, but I will. It’s not that I couldn’t use it, but I want there to be funds available to pay another coach because we need more.

“I never intended to coach for money,” he added. “I did it for the kids. To me the higher calling was to create a program.”

STHS Athletic Director Don Borges said finding a pool of candidates through advertisements before the season began proved unsuccessful.

“We had two positions for varsity track and we had no applications for a boys’ track coach,” Borges said. “We always advertise and usually we have coaches in place the year before.

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“We couldn’t be happier,” he added. “(Dan) is so hardworking and knowledgeable and the kids love him.”

“Coaching with Melissa (Berry) works out really well,” Wilvers said. “I do distance boys and girls and also help out with some of the sprinters or wherever I can.”

Wilvers said that once his son graduates this year, he will re-evaluate his status as boys’ track coach to decide if it is still what he wants to do.

“I would have every intention of (returning) other than the fact that my youngest son plays baseball,” he said. “It’s going to be tough, but I’m not going to leave the kids I’m coaching right now high and dry, so we’ll figure out something. These kids are working too hard not to have a coach.”