Coaching football just a small part of Mimick’s duties at Aquinas
Career record: 290-111
Playoff appearances: 25 (23 at Aquinas)
State titles: 7 (C-1, 1993; C-1, ’94; C-1, ’97; C-2, 2011; C-2, ’14; C-2, ’15)
State runner-up: 2 (C-1, 1992; C-2, 2013)
Ron Mimick wears a lot of hats at Aquinas being an American history and physical education teacher, the school’s activities director and head coach for both football and boys track.
It’s that varied and busy schedule, however, that makes the limited time he can spend on football all that more enjoyable.
“The good thing about being busy is that football is new for me, it’s refreshing,” Mimick said. “I don’t spend as much time at it as a lot of other coaches do, so football is more like a hobby for me, it’s not a job.”
When things slow down in the summer, that’s when Mimick can focus a little more on being football coach. He tries to work ahead as much as he can, planning and preparing for the upcoming season.
“During the school year, if I run across some kind of formation or play that I like, I’ll throw it in one of my drawers in the my desk, then in the summer I’ll get all of those things out that I’ve saved and see if it’s anything worth incorporating into our program,” Mimick said.
Mimick spent the decade of the 1980s as head football coach at four different schools — Stuart, Parkston (South Dakota), Hastings St. Cecilia and Hartington Cedar Catholic — before settling in at Aquinas.
“That happens to a lot of coaches where you bounce around a little in the beginning, then you find a place you’re comfortable with,” said the 60-year old Mimick, whose wife, Catherine, is a music teacher at Aquinas. “This has become a really good place. Good school, good culture, good people.”
He wanted to stay long enough for his two grown children, Melanie and Matthew, to go through the school and graduate. He’s had opportunities to move to larger schools and had an offer to become the head coach at Grand Island 16 years ago.
“They didn’t have a Catholic grade school in town for my kids,” said Mimick, whose son was an all-state player under his father at Aquinas. “Since then, I had six or seven larger schools call, but I was comfortable here. I wanted by kids to go through Aquinas, and once they were done, I was too old to move.”
The camaraderie he’s developed with his assistant coaches is also something that keeps him in David City. Ken and Marv Pelan were middle school volunteer coaches when Mimick arrived in 1990. They were promoted to the high school program and have been part of Mimick’s staff ever since.
Mimick said Tony Smith, the defensive coordinator, has been an assistant for more than 20 years.
“That continuity really helps,” Mimick said. “You just trust them and you turn it over to them. They’ve been a big part of our success here.”