Beaver Dam and Juneau men selected for top coach contest

September 20, 2018

Tim Chase

Two area high school coaches are among 50 finalists in the U.S. Cellular Most Valuable Coach Fan Vote Contest.

Beaver Dam girls basketball coach Tim Chase and Dodgeland track and cross country coach Kevin Klueger were nominated and chosen for the contest based upon written essays. Judges evaluated the essays on the basis of leadership demonstrated by the coaches, along with the impact they have on the school and community.

The essay regarding Chase read in part, “After a 38-year dry spell in every sport, Coach Chase coached the Beaver Dam girls to the ultimate undefeated state championship season in 2017. Determination and a relentless will to improve connect him with his players, parents, coaches and the town as a whole. So when 2018 brought a multitude of professional and personal challenges for Coach Chase, his athletes rallied. In the end, Coach Chase and his players found a way to win a second consecutive state championship.”

Klueger’s nominating essay touched on the fact that he coaches both school and recreational sports. It read in part, “Coach Klueger has taken limited resources and built successful teams in three different sports. Last year, he led Dodgeland to the school’s first ever state championship (girls cross country). He works tirelessly, often coaching three different teams in the same night. He has coached many of his athletes since they were five years old. Each one is important to him, whether they come in first or last place. He encourages every athlete to be better than they were last year, and he believes they can do it.”

The public can vote for their favorite coaches once daily now through Oct. 8 at themostvaluablecoach.com.

The final 15 coaches will be announced Oct. 11; those selected will participate in another round of voting from Oct. 11 to Nov. 13.

U.S. Cellular will donate $5,000 to the schools of the 15 finalists. The top three finalists’ athletic departments will receive $10,000, $20,000 and $50,000 respectively. The first place coach’s school will also receive a $30,000 Samsung tech prize package.

Winners will be announced Nov. 20.

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