One of Monroe High School’s most successful coaches has announced that he is stepping down.
Nick Wold, who led the boys’ basketball team to District 1 playoffs three years running, is stepping down from his coaching position after 10 years with the Monroe sports program.
Wold said that he is stepping away to do other things, and that he will continue to study coaching.
“I just want to be more reflective and maybe go watch better coaches, maybe volunteer at different schools,” he said.
Wold, 33, came to the district as a teacher of health, P.E. and leadership, as well as a coach. He started out as an assistant coach before taking over as head coach of the boys’ basketball team five years ago.
It was a very good five years.
In each of the last three years, the team went to the District playoffs, and in 2010-2011, the team won the Conference championship and went on to State; the first time the team had been to State in 17 years.
Other team accomplishments of which Wold is proud are more esoteric, but no less meaningful.
“Every year we have been picked to finish lower than we actually have,” he said.
And the Monroe Bearcats are the only team in the history of the 3A and 4A teams in their conference to accomplish so much without returning a single starter to the varsity starting lineup, he said.
Wold credits the work of his fellow coaches for the team’s successes.
“I think we left the program better than we found it,” he said.
He also was pleased that several of his former team members went on to college careers, including Joey Roppo, Cole Parker and Tony Pelequin.
Wold said that there was no ill will or anything like that to precipitate his departure from coaching. He will stay on as a full-time P.E. teacher, and said that he loves the community. And, he said, he may someday coach again.
“I loved my 10 years coaching,” he said. “I hope to be here 10-30 years more.”