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Herold resigns as Spring Valley cross country coach

Spring Valley High School's cross country program will have new leadership this fall as Jim Herold has stepped down and Greg Dieckman is the new head coach.

SPRING VALLEY - Citing health concerns, Jim Herold has stepped down as the coach of the Spring Valley High school cross country program.

SVHS teacher Greg Dieckman is the new head coach of the Cardinal harrier program starting this fall. He was both assistant and head track coach at Spring Valley from 1991-2001 and has also coached middle school football in Spring Valley as well.

“I can’t think of a better person, who has the right priorities and experience to hand the reigns off to than Greg,” Herold said. “Michelle (Assistant Coach Michelle Huppert who is also leaving the program as well) and I want to leave the program when it’s strong rather than when it’s weak because it’s going to make the transition for the new coach much, much easier.”

Dieckman said he’s excited to get back into high school coaching.

“Jim had talked to me earlier in the year about being an assistant and then we continued talking and eventually it became about coaching the whole program,” Dieckman said. “The timing worked out for both of us.”

Herold said that he and Huppert both discussed stepping down a year ago after over a decade of not only leading the Cardinals cross country squad but recreating it from a club program with just a few runners to a junior varsity squad to varsity team once again with ample numbers.

“There have been health concerns for both myself and my family I need to take care of and I would like to be able to put more time into my job here at school,” Herold said. “Coaching has been rewarding for me but also very difficult. I wish I didn’t stress out over all the little details or be all over all our kids’ concerns but that was in my nature. We’ve talked about it and planned it out but it’s a decision I’ve gradually come to because it wasn’t an easy one to make. I know I am going to miss it terribly. Right now is the planning time for the new season and I miss it. But I also know the time is right.”

For more please read the August 7 print version of the Herald.