Going through changes: Prep coaches change schools, retire whistles

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2010

After 22 years as a wrestling coach, David Boyle is stepping down. His first 17 years were spent at Soldotna Middle School. For the past five years, Boyle was head coach for Kenai Central's varsity program.

Boyle is retiring from teaching and taking a job as a theater technician.

Boyle, who grew up on the Kenai Peninsula, said his wrestling coaches inspired him to become a coach.

"It felt good to pay that back to the community," he said. "I just love the sport."

Boyle said one of his favorite aspects of coaching was watching the kids progress throughout the season. He said he liked seeing his wrestlers gain a sense of pride from competing hard.

Another longtime Soldotna coach, Sarge Truesdell, is stepping down. Truesdell, the Soldotna Middle School assistant principal, has been coaching football for 12 years at SoHi.

Unfortunately coaching isn't conducive to being a principal, Truesdell said. Truesdell said it was never a guarantee that he could make it to practice.

"I don't like being the guy that will or won't be there," he said. "I want to be there every day."

Truesdell said leaving the varsity program will give him a chance to coach his son's Pop Warner team.

"It's been a fun ride," he said. "I've really enjoyed my 12 years at SoHi. At some point, I hope to be back."

Longtime Cook Inlet Academy cross county running coach Ted McKenney will take over Skyview's program next year. He will replace Aaron Dickson, who coached for one season. McKenney began his transition this year when he served as the Panthers' distance coach for the track team.

Here's a look at the other coaching changes:

Volleyball coach Michelle Borland is leaving after one season. She is moving to Homer, Kenai athletic director, Stacia Rustad, said. Joe Trujillo is stepping down as the cross country running coach. The position is still open. Jim Barkman will no longer be the swim coach. Rustad is staying on as the athletic director.

Wrestling coach Bill Carlson is stepping aside after four seasons. Last year's assistant coach, Jonathan Hackett, is taking over. Hackett wrestled at the University of Wyoming, an NCAA Division I program. Galen Brantley Jr. will remain SoHi's athletic director.

Angela Brown is stepping down as the swim coach. Eric Pomerleau will return as SkyHi's athletic director. Pomerleau said he's received several calls wondering if wrestling coach Neldon Gardner is coming back this season. Gardner will be coaching wrestling this year, Pomerleau said.

Going through changesVolleyball coach Sandra Moeglein is stepping down. CIA Athletic Director Rick Musgrove is returning.

No coaching changes have been announced as of yet. Pam Newton will replace Mickey Todd as athletic director. Todd served one year in the position.

Every coach from last year will return for the upcoming year, said Dan Carstens, assistant principal.

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