Whittell alum Shannon Wines inducted into Dayton High Hall of Fame
Shannon Wines, whose athletic roots dated back to Douglas County more than four decades ago, was one of five inductees to enter the Dayton High School Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony Sept. 30.
Wines, a Whittell High alum, passed away April 10. He spent 28 years as a teacher and coach at Dayton, and was the Dust Devils’ original football coach from 1985-94. He also coached golf, girls junior varsity basketball and track and field.
Current Douglas County School District Superintendent Teri White worked with Wines for nine years when she was principal at Dayton.
“He taught English, Social Studies and leadership,” she said. “He loved teaching and he loved our kids. The kids used to say he bled maroon and silver because he was at every sporting event, he was Mr. Dust Devil, Mr. DHS. If you ask any of his students, I think every one has a positive memory of Mr. Wines.”
The 1974 Whittell graduate played football as a 165-pound offensive center and as a senior was part of a team that ended its season with a loss to Incline that determined the Northern 1A championship. Wines later graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno.
In the late 1970s, Wines coached the Zephyr Cove Broncos Pop Warner football team along with Werner Christen, who now serves as head coach of the Douglas High girls soccer and basketball teams. Christen attended the Dayton ceremony.
“I miss Shannon,” Christen said. “I went to the ceremony and you could see how much he was loved there in Dayton.”
The Zephyr Cove Broncos were a small team numbers-wise, but did feature such future Whittell stars as Todd Cutler (New Mexico State University Hall of Fame football player and future mayor of Fernley) and Scott Forvilly (now a Carson Valley dentist).
“That first year, we started with about 14 kids, so Dick Cutler, Shannon and myself went over to South Tahoe for their tryouts,” Christen recalled. “The ones who got cut, we asked them if they wanted to come over and play for us.
“The first game, we played South Tahoe — and if this was a movie, we would have won the game — but we lost, 78-0,” he added with a laugh. “A kid walked up to us after the game and asked, ‘Coach, did we win?’ So maybe that means we weren’t good football coaches. But I think we were. And you know what? We just had a lot of fun.”
Wines wasn’t one to speak much about his coaching win-loss record, even when he coached at the high school level. At the end of the day, winning or losing a game wasn’t as important as learning how to play the game and having fun.
“I remember one game when Dayton came up to play Whittell and I was working the chains,” Christen said. “He was coaching with Scott Myrehn, their kids were getting frustrated because Whittell had a pretty good team, and they were so patient with those kids. Shannon’s demeanor as a coach was always very calm … except when it came to the [San Francisco] Giants.”
Before coming to Dayton, Wines taught in Mineral County, where he met his wife, Peggy. Shannon’s sister, Lindsay Wines, was an athlete at Whittell who returned to the Zephyr Cove campus to teach and coach before her retirement this past year.
“They are a special family,” Christen said.
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