Wrestling Coach Honored

Congratulations to Foothill wrestling coach Dennis Golcher for being named the North Coast Section Wrestling Honor Coach of the year.

"I'm definitely excited and pleasantly surprised," Coach Golcher said. "It's nice to see that people within the sport recognize what I've given to the sport for more than 25 years."

The North Coast Section (NCS) honors just one wrestling coach per year out of 169 schools. Golcher was recognized at the NCS wrestling championship finals Feb. 23 at Newark Memorial High School.

"Dennis has a calm, optimistic, gentle demeanor with the kids, but still manages to get the best out of each athlete," team parent Steve Wilner said. "He loves the sport of wrestling, enjoys the competition and is truly a master strategist during match competition, often out-coaching opposing coaches to win dual meets."

Golcher wrestled in high school as a student at Amador Valley. He started coaching at Dublin High School in 1985 and has remained a fixture in the East Bay athletic league and within the NCS. He led Amador Valley to five league championships and three undefeated seasons, plus coached 24 league champions, two NCS champions and nine state qualifiers when he coached there from 1986 to 1999.

Golcher started at Foothill in 2007, where he has coached one NCS champion and five state qualifiers. He does all of his coaching work while maintaining his full-time computer science career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Golcher has been the league tournament director for 12 years, the NCS assistant tournament director for 11 years and was the NCS dual team tournament director in 2012.

“I pride myself in putting on a good event both for the wrestlers and the parents," he said. "That's important."

Golcher stays with wrestling for the sheer joy of making a positive impact on students' lives, he said. At both Foothill and Amador, he's promoted tutoring programs that help his athletes maintain good grades.

"Over the years, we've probably helped a number of people graduate from high school who might not otherwise (graduate) just by keeping them involved with a sport and in school," he said.

He also sticks with coaching because "I just love the sport of wrestling. There's a key individual aspect of it, as well as a team aspect. I like to put the kids first. I just stay behind the scenes and let them collect the awards."

PHOTO left to right
NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon, Karen Golcher, Coach Dennis Golcher, daughter Tammy and grandson Sam.

By Zoe Francis
Posted Monday, Feb. 25, 2013