Vidakovich resigns at Eagle Valley
The Eagle Valley girls basketball team will have a new coach patrolling its sidelines next year, too.
Mike Vidakovich, the Lady Devils coach for the last two seasons has resigned from Eagle Valley, finishing his tenure with an overall record of 21-25.
Phil Cain, the Devils boys coach, resigned last week after seven seasons at Eagle Valley to take the head coaching job at Grand Junction Central.
Vidakovich and Eagle Valley athletics director Dave Scott both confirmed that it was known immediately after the season that Vidakovich would not be back for the 2004-05 season. Still, Scott said that since the paperwork for Vidakovich’s resignation is currently being processed at the district level, he has been advised not to talk about the circumstances surrounding Vidakovich’s decision to resign.
“The decisions are at the district level. They are not at my level. (The district) has advised me not to talk about it,” Scott said. “As soon as (the district) gives me the go-ahead, we’ll start looking for a new coach and go from there.”
Vidakovich said that he would rather focus on the positives gleaned from his two seasons with the Lady Devils, than go into any of the negative details relating to why he chose to resign.
“I want to thank the girls that I got to coach the last couple of years,” Vidakovich said. “I think they’ll be a pretty good 4A team next year. They’re going to compete with some people. The last couple of years we qualified for the regionals, and that’s the only time in the school’s history that that has happened.”
The Devils qualified for the state tournament this year as the 26th-seed, and almost upset No. 7-seed Faith Christian on its home floor before losing, 47-46, in the last minute.
Vidakovich said that the loss was a tough one to swallow, but that he was proud of the way his team had played in the postseason game on March 5, after losing to the same team by 13 in early December.
“Danged if we didn’t have a seven-point lead with a couple minutes to go, and we couldn’t make some free throws. We tossed the ball away a couple of times, too,” Vidakovich said. “Even last year, going to Park as the 29th seed, with a few minutes to go we were only down by eight points. We ended up losing by 16. But, even then, those kids gave it a go.”
Vidakovich also remains optimistic about his future prospects as a head coach, after 18 years of working on high school benches.
“I just finished my 18th year in coaching, 12th as a head coach,” Vidakovich said. “I tallied up some of the numbers, and in 12 years as a head coach, we were 165-90. I was proud of that. In Glenwood, in the eight years that I was the girls coach, we won the league championship four times and went to state a couple of times. I honestly believe that I’ll get to coach again.”
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