Coaches face challenges of working off BV campus, balancing tough schedules

Sara Naatz, Managing editor

It’s 4:30 p.m.

A black sedan pulls into the Blue Valley parking lot and a man dressed in soccer attire slides out.

Junior varsity soccer coach John Dale hurries to the field, barely making it to his girls practice.

Dale is a husband and father of three kids, all under 10 years old. He is a graduate student at Baker University, studying to earn his MBA. He runs his own broadcast consulting business from home.

He handles audio and visual streaming, programming and does occasional voice work.

“The biggest reason I took the job [at BV] was because I work at home,” Dale said. “It gets me out of my house and is a way to channel and utilize my love for soccer. I really enjoy being part of the team and coaching at Blue Valley.”

In order to keep up with his busy lifestyle, Dale follows a very exact routine.

“I have to be very judicious about my time and I have to be very disciplined,” he said. “It helps that I already know the schedule for the entire spring. I plan ahead with school and work.”

Chris Paisley coaches wrestling at BV, while teaching Social Studies and Physical Education at Blue Valley Academy.

“It’s not easy being out of school,” Paisley said. “I’m not always there to check up on [the team], and I feel badly about that.”

Paisley said he thinks coaching wrestling is a good way to stay involved with a sport he loves.

“A thousand years ago, when I was in high school, I wrestled,” he said. “I think I just really wanted to stay involved.”

Dale said coaching high school soccer gives him an outlet.

“Players at the high school level have a desire to play and improve,” he said. “That’s what I appreciate. It also gives me a reason to be on an unlimited texting plan.”

When he and his family moved here from Colorado, his mother-in-law, the principal’s assistant Margaret Upchurch, told him about a coaching opportunity at the school.

He said that though it may be difficult to balance running his own business, being a father, going to school and coaching, he plans to continue.

“It’s been great,” Dale said. “I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. As long as they’ll allow me to coach, I’ll be here.”

Paisley said he hopes to have an impact on the wrestlers before they graduate.

“Hopefully you can have an influence on the kids before they are set in their ways,” he said. “Not necessarily in sports, but in life in general.”