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Nass will remain at South Kitsap

June 4th, 2013 at Tue, 4th, 2013 at 3:02 pm by chrischancellor

Popular South Kitsap wrestling coach Chad Nass said Tuesday afternoon that he will retain his position at the high school.

Speculation about Nass’ status arose after South Kitsap School District’s Board of Directors approved a plan May 8 to reduce 68 jobs, including 61 teaching positions.

Terrill Wilson, who won a Class 4A state championship in 2011 at 119 pounds and now competes at Missouri Baptist University, has posted several messages on Facebook in recent days indicating Nass’ job status was in jeopardy.

“Let me tell you all a story of Coach Nass,” Wilson wrote Tuesday morning on the social-media website. “Before state coach Nass said he believed I could win state. I wasn’t 100% , I said I’d do my best. He said no, you’re gonna win it, I believe in you. He then gives me his wrestling shoes and says “ here, this is how much I believe in you, these shoes are undefeated and they have no losses, this is how much I know you’re gonna win”. Until this day, those shoes still have no losses. End of story.”

Nass said he just learned Monday that he would remain at the high school. While he said his coaching position never was at risk, Nass had the least seniority among physical-education teachers at the high school. Because of that, he was set to be transferred to Marcus Whitman Junior High. Instead, Nass will remain at South as a science teacher.

“It’s a relief,” said Nass, who started working with special-education students in December 1996 at South before moving into a dual role of teaching science and physical education and then solely the latter for the last nine years.

Since taking over the school’s wrestling program in 2004, Nass has guided four different wrestlers to five state championships. He also presided over the Wolves’ streak of 189 consecutive dual-league matches without a loss, which ended Jan. 24 at Yelm. Nass, who wrestled collegiately at Pacific Lutheran University, won a state championship at 141 in 1992 for South under Ron Hudiburg.

Nass has been honored as the Independent’s Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2010.

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