North Tahoe basketball coach steps down
With a daughter entering her senior year in high school and a business to run, North Tahoe High boys basketball coach David Hansen resigned from his post last week.
After four years coaching the varsity squad and 15 years as a local youth basketball coach, the 53-year-old said that his family was the main reason for stepping down.
Hansen’s daughter, Kelly, is entering her senior year at North Tahoe and, according to Hansen, is being recruited by Division I volleyball programs, leaving the proud father looking to spend time with a child who soon will be out of the house.
In a letter from Hansen to North Tahoe principal Bill Frey, the head coach also said that his house would be hosting a French foreign exchange student next school year, and along with Hansen’s business, Hansen Management and Maintenance Co., his plate is looking pretty full.
While Hansen acknowledged the frustrations of the most recent Laker basketball season, which saw academic ineligibility issues and injuries hold back the inspired effort of remaining players, it was not the reason he chose to resign.
Good seasons or bad, full squads or shorthanded, coaching basketball was a passion for Hansen, one he said he lamented giving up.
“I actually enjoy coaching very, very much,” Hansen said. “I’ve gotten a lot out of it.”
Hansen also enjoyed the people around him, especially former athletic director Scott Everist, who Hansen said was a pleasure to work with.
While Everist’s recent resignation as athletic director and a frustrating basketball season may have been variables in Hansen’s decision, he said that he stepped down for family reasons, and it was not an easy decision to make.
He said he will miss his duties as head coach, and knows there are more great Laker athletes to come.
“There’s some really great kids at that school that I’d still like to coach,” Hansen said. …
“I’ve been lucky enough to coach some great kids.”
Hansen said that he recommended Mike Williams for the head coaching job. Williams is the junior varsity coach and Hansen’s varsity assistant, as well as a North Tahoe graduate.
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