After a quarter century at Wausau West, head coach Paul Dimka is stepping away from the Lumberjacks basketball program.
“Friday nights and Tuesday nights and game nights and playoff time and all of that stuff…will most definitely miss that part of it,” Dimka said.
Dimka spent one season as a freshman coach, 21 season as an assistant, under former head coaches Jason Teske and Dennis Blunk, and spent the last six seasons as the head coach. Now, with his wife retiring, Dimka says the timing is right to say goodbye.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as the head coach, now just felt like the right time for me to step aside.”
Coaching isn’t seasonal. Dimka says it’s 12-month gig and the workload was a little to much at this point in his life.
“Whatever I do, coaching included, I want to be all in” Dimka said. “I want to give my best and I think I was getting to the point where there were mparts of the program that I wasn’t all in on.”
Even though he is giving up his role as head coach, Dimka won’t completely step away from the Lumberjacks basketball program.
“You can’t be apart of something for 25 years and then turn it off like a switch,” Dimka said. “If I don’t have a part in the program at any level, I will most definitely come and help root on the Lumberjacks.”
Dimka says the impact the players made on him is what he’ll remember most about his time as a head coach.
“I think I’ve helped a lot of the student athletes grow, but they’ve also helped me grow as an individual,” Dimka said. “I’ve learned so much from being the head coach and I’ve become a better person because of it.”
Dimka will continue to teach at Horace Mann Middle School before he plans to retire in the next three years.