LEAD — Beau Voegeli has resigned as Lead-Deadwood’s head varsity wrestling coach after five seasons.
He said on Aug. 3 his resignation is expected to be official at the next Lead-Deadwood school board meeting.
Voegeli accepted a position as a dean of students at Rapid City Central High School. He said he will work with ninth-grade students and their teachers.
Fondest Golddigger wrestling memories for Voegeli start with his first team that had only four or five members.
“To see them grow and graduate three of those seniors: Wyatt Hess, Brigham Williams, Dylin Johnson,” Voegeli said.
“Those guys were the ones that set the tone for uplifting the program like we did,” Voegeli said in describing their contributions.
The 2018-19 season also stood out for Voegeli. Carson Pinske won his semifinal match at the state B tournament to become the Golddiggers’ first state finalist since 2005.
“Lastly, it was just being a part of a program that truly got better every day,” Voegeli said. He also cited the school spirit and community support the program enjoyed.
The Golddiggers’ program re-emerged one year before Voegeli joined.
“When I took this job, I was most excited to be not only an advocate, but to be a part of the movement to try to help wrestling better as a whole,” he said.
Aims included having a roster full of hard-working individuals and Academic All-State members, Voegeli said. He added those goals were met.
“I think we did set a solid foundation, but that was due to the wrestling community in Lead more than myself or any other individual,” Voegeli said. He added he is proud of seniors-to-be Kadden Dillman, Max Johnson, Rob Lester, and Pratt Williams because they have obtained the needed leadership skills.
Voegeli said he will never be finished with wrestling. While he is unsure as to his future role, he said he will always work to advocate for and promote the sport.
“I’m very appreciative of not only the Lead-Deadwood community, but all of the West River wrestling community, referees, coaches, and parents that helped make it a successful experience for my family,” Voegeli said.
His wife Ellen will continue to work in the Lead-Deadwood School District.
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