The Echo

Lack of coach affects athletes

Nordic coach Doug Peterson speaks to skiers during a meeting Jan. 31. Peterson has been coaching for about 25 years.

Sam Swisher

February 4, 2020

After going unfilled this year, the fourth coaching position on Park’s Nordic team made junior and captain Danny Walsh realize the lack of coaches has an effect on the team's performance.  “It definitely has affected the team's season because the team is so big, it's difficult for everyone on the ...

Boys’ golf coach switches to girls’ team for upcoming season

Para Kevin Jones fist bumps sophomore Jasiah Tweed Feb. 11. Jones is going to be the new St. Louis Park golf coach this spring.

Sophie Olmen

February 25, 2019

According to sophomore Izzy Segal, getting input from a different coach will be a change for the upcoming season. “I think it’s gonna be nice to kind of have a change since I’ve had the same coach since eighth grade,” Segal said. “I know Jones pretty well, and he has walked rounds with me, s...

Gymnastics prepares for changes

New gymnastics head coach, Dawn Thielen, talks with sophomore Rachel Stein Nov. 19. Last year Thielen was an assistant coach but got promoted to head coach for this season.

Dahlia Krebs

December 23, 2018

Getting used to a new coach can be difficult, senior captain Savannah Romero said, but she believes gymnastics’ new coach Dawn Thielen will be a good addition to the team because of her past experience as a gymnastics judge. “She has a really good background with gymnastics and she is a judge...

Girls’ golf to begin

Freshman Izzy Segal hits the ball during a golf match at Theodore Wirth Park.

Nicole Sanford and Ruby Stillman

March 11, 2018

Looking ahead to the upcoming start of the 2018 girls’ golf season, senior captain Carly Livingston said the pending Varsity team leaves her interested in who will fill the last spot. “I’m looking forward to seeing who will be playing on Varsity this year because we lost a few players last yea...

eSports adviser prepares players for future

E-Sports coach Jacob Utities teaching his 5th hour class, A+ Computer Tech II, on Feb. 20. eSports will begin practice again in March.

Lukas Levin

February 20, 2018

According to coach Jacob Utities, Park’s eSports team will play online in Nationals in June after an undefeated season. However, Utities said he still struggles with managing and expanding team. “I can’t really devote much time to each team because there are nine teams, and I am one person,...

Wachutka resigns as softball coach

Wachutka resigns as softball coach

Elise Riley

December 15, 2015

Science teacher Al Wachutka began coaching softball eight years ago, loving the interactions he could have with the team outside of school. Now, he’s moving on after resigning as head coach Nov. 17. Wachutka said he will miss working with the team and engaging with the players. “I’ll miss...

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