After 12 years as being South Tama's boys soccer head coach, Dave Chizek has resigned .... under one condition.
If a new coach can't be found, Chizek said he would return for a 13th season with the Trojans.
Chizek announced this at the team's postseason picnic last month. It was a hard decision for him to make and announce to his players, but it's one he's considered for years.
"For the last four or five years, I've told the AD that if they had someone interested in the position, I was more than willing to let it go," Chizek said. "If a teacher wanted to come in and wanted to coach, that would be great."
Even if a new head coach is hired, there is a chance Chizek might return to the boys soccer team next year, but in a smaller role.
"This year, I decided that what I'd really like is not to be the head coach, but teach kids again," Chizek said. "There's definitely a different skill set that goes along with that. I know that the varsity team has to turn results and it takes a lot more to prepare to do that stuff.
"The other reason for this is because with budget cuts, I knew they would probably never hire a JV coach," he said. "I would have to do it on a voluntary level and I'm more than willing to do that if they get somebody to be the head coach."
During the past few years, the boys soccer program has seen participation numbers between 30 and 40. About one-half of those will play on the varsity team and the other half will play junior varsity. However, Chizek is the only coach on the team.
He's found it difficult to teach the younger players on JV that need the extra work to improve, while still coaching the varsity squad, which needs to work more as a team to build chemistry. That's the main reason he'd like to return next season as a voluntary JV coach.
"It was a very hard decision," Chizek said. "However, I think, in order for the program to progress, someone else needs to take it over and run with it. I'm very comfortable taking a JV role. I like teaching the basics to kids. I also think splitting the team into two separate teams would definitely help out both units. Each team needs to work on playing together."