Wrestling co-coach resigns

Dave Dyess has had to make some pretty difficult decisions before, but the one he made last month was the most difficult of all.

Dyess has resigned as co-head coach of the South Kitsap High School wrestling team, effective immediately, in order to spend more time at home and with his family.

Chad Nass will remain as the program’s head coach.

“It was the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make in my life,” Dyess said. “But then, if that’s the most difficult decision I ever have to make then it’s been a pretty good life.”

Dyess said he was just missing out on too much of his son Craig’s life. And even when he was able to make it to events, he was spent from his job at the school as a facilities manager and all the time spent working with the wrestling team.

I don’t want to look back and wonder what if,” Dyess said. “I want to enjoy this time because it goes so fast. That’s it in a nutshell.

“Right now, being a dad is more important than being a coach,” Dyess said. “I can always be a coach, but I can’t always be a dad.”

Dyess, who won a state title at South as a senior in 1979, had been an assistant coach for 16 years before being named co-head coach along with Nass last year

“It came as a shock to me,” Nass said. “But it’s a family thing – his job is pretty time-consuming and then wrestling takes up a lot of his time, too. He just wanted to spend more time at home.”

Dyess leaves a program that is strong and will likely compete for a team title next year with the likes of Brent Chriswell and Josiah Kipperberg returning from a team that placed sixth last year.

And that was one of the reasons he was able to make the decision now, he said. He didn’t want to “go out with the superstars” and leave Nass and assistant coach Ron Coppinger with a rebuilding project.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, but it’s in good hands. I don’t have to worry about it crumbling or anything like that,” Dyess said.

Nass said the team was surprised at first, but being kids, they are already wondering who will be the new assistant. Nass said that may not be known for a while.

Although he and new athletic director Ed Santos have already talked about the process of filling the position, it may not happen until school gets started in the fall.

Santos needs to fill some assistant positions for volleyball and football as well as finding a head cross-country coach first. The wrestling position may have to wait for a few weeks, Nass said.

“I think anytime you lose someone like that, who’s been so involved in the program like he has been for so long, it’s a loss,” Nass said. “Being a head coach is a hard thing to do.

“Dave and I worked together nine of his 16 years (coaching),” Nass said. “It got to where it was easy for each of us to fill in the blanks of each other.”

Nass said having Dyess as a co-head coach last year saved both of them a lot of trouble and was a good learning experience but he will miss coaching with him.

“His rapport, his reputation will be tough to replace,” Nass said. “Yeah, I’m trying to be positive about it and put a positive spin on it. I know a lot more having gone through ( the first year as a head coach) with him. I learned a lot more than had I had to go it alone.”

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