KALKASKA – It’s the end of an era for the Blazers.
Coach Dave Dalton announced his retirement Sunday from the program.
In a one-on-one interview, Dalton tells MISportsNow that his reason for leaving his coaching position is a disagreement within his contract with the school. Because he is retired and collects a pension, the school could not pay him to coach and to teach part-time.
“So, to supplement my pension, I really had no choice but to resign from coaching,” said Dalton.
After 23 years, 400 wins, 16 championship trophies, and many record setting seasons, Dalton says he’s disappointed that he had to make this tough decision.
“The main thing I want to get across is that it’s disappointing, it shocked me a little bit how it ended, but I’ve been blessed beyond measure, and I had the greatest run and I just have the greatest memories with a lot of amazing kids,” added Dalton.
Dalton will still be a part-time teacher at the school.
A replacement has not been named for the girls basketball team.