Weisfeldt’s last stand is state

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After 16 years with the girls program and 13 with the boys, including the last two coaching Eva-Lou Edwards at the CHSAA Class 4A Girls Tennis State Championships, Durango High School head coach Dave Weisfeldt is stepping down from his post. “It’s just exhaustion, you know? It’s been 16 great years, but personally and professionally I’ve got other priorities,” he said.

By Ryan Owens Herald staff writer

PUEBLO – After 16 years at the helm of the girls program and 13 with the boys team, Durango High School tennis coach Dave Weisfeldt is moving on once this weekend’s CHSAA Class 4A Girls Tennis State Championships come to a close.

The jovial coach said Thursday he decided that to combine tennis with the time needed to adjust to a new leadership regime as a teacher at DHS along with his work at Southwest Colorado Community College is just too much of a load to carry after so many years.

“It’s just exhaustion, you know? It’s been 16 great years, but personally and professionally I’ve got other priorities,” he said.

“I would like to take a more active role in both (teaching jobs).”

Weisfeldt said young, energetic blood could be good for the program, too.

“It’s time to move forward with someone who brings new energy ... and new enthusiasm into it,” he said.

Weisfeldt said one of the things he’ll miss most about the job is the kids and the joy and challenges instructing players brings every day – especially how youthful they keep him.

“They keep me fairly young for my age, I suppose, but they’re why people do it,” he said.

To end at the state meet yet again, both on the boys and girls side, is a perfect way for Durango’s longest tenured active head coach to go out. The mantle of longest-tenured coach now falls to Mark Dutro, who pilots both the cross country and track and field programs for the Demons.

And, of course, Weisfeldt will leave with plenty of fond memories. He remembers every trip to the state tournament, particularly the handful of years in which his squads brought all or nearly all 11 players to Colorado’s biggest high school tennis tournament.

“This recent crop, it obviously has been just terrific to work with, but back over the years, we had one year we sent 11 to state, another we had 10,” Weisfeldt said. “That kind of team performance over the years kind of sticks with me.”

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