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South Tahoe coach, team a class act

Darin Olde, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Provided to the TribuneDale Bogard after swim practice at the Recreation Center on Wednesday.

“Who touches the wall first in the race isn’t very important unless the basic principles of why you are coaching are solid. In other words, take care of the people you coach and have it be a great and growing experience, and have them take that into other things in their life. “

— Richard Quick, October 1999, head coach of Stanford University’s swimming and diving team. The quote is posted on Dale Bogard’s Web site She says it summerizes her coaching philosphy.

Don’t ask South Tahoe High School swim team coach Dale Bogard if she has a “real job,” — the kind of job our parents, aunts and uncles ask about from time to time.

She has one; she’s a coach — a good one.

The kind of coach, in fact, who receives recognition for outstanding performance.

Bogard found out Sunday she was selected by her colleagues as the High Desert 4A League Coach of the Year for swimming.

She was anonymously selected by ballot from the 17 coaches in the Northern Region’s High Desert and Sierra Leagues, which includes schools such as Reno, Wooster, McQueen, Galena, Lowry and Reed.

“Coach of the year is a prestigious honor because the coach is selected from their peers. So the other coaches have to think highly of who they’ve chosen,” said Bill Hess, Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association commissioner for swimming and diving. “It’s well-deserved. Dale is a super coach.”

At 6:30 a.m., when she coaches Lake Tahoe Community College’s masters team, and again at 2:15 p.m. with the high school team, Bogard’s voice can be heard bellowing across the Recreation Center pool in South Lake Tahoe.

When’s she not coaching swimming, she also teaches skiing at Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort in the winter.

Does the coach ever feel the pressure to join the rat race?

“I have a real job because I work and motivate people all day long,” said Bogard from the Recreation Center on Tuesday. “I have a small house.”

Through her guidance, and the guidance of assistant coaches Andy Veris, Ann Bratton, Maren Ewers, Ryan Bennet and Jose Ramirez, South Tahoe High School also earned the swimming and diving team Sportsmanship Award for the Northern Region from NIAA.

South Tahoe is the first school to receive the newly created award.

South Tahoe senior and co-caption Jeff Koeck said he and co-captain Lisa Anton personally thank the judges and coaches after each meet to show their appreciation.

“We’ve been doing it for three or four years now,” he said. “Coach Bogard helps remind us if we forget.”

Bogard, who is in her fifth year as South Tahoe’s head coach, has been an assistant coach since 1993.

“I’m fortunate to do what I like to do and live in Tahoe,” she said. “I love coaching.”

Winning the inaugural School Spirit award in the Northern Region was Lowry High School.

Also winning awards were Konnie Seamons from Douglas as the female High Desert Swimmer of the Year and Peter Lorring from Reno as the male Swimmer of the Year.

In the Sierra League, Lauren Browning and Lesley Ajari from Tahoe-Truckee High School tied as the female Swimmer of the Year. Christopher Perkins from Churchill County and Ryan Evans from Bishop Manogue tied for the male Swimmer of the Year.

Churchill County’s Atsuko Perkins won Coach of the Year in the Sierra League.

Darin Olde can be reached at or (530) 542-8008.

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