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Dan Fidago returning to coachingPosted Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 12:28 PM
Former Eastern Greene girls basketball coach Dan Fidago (right) shows his emotions during the final seconds of the sectional championship game at Bloomfield in 2008. Fidago, who coached five years at EGHS, will now be coaching boys basketball at Harrison High School in West Lafayette. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World).
Fidago, who coached the Eastern Greene High School girls basketball team for five years, ending in 2010, has accepted a position as assistant varsity boys basketball coach and mathematics teacher at Harrison High School in West Lafayette.
"Two weeks ago I was getting my lesson plans together to start the school year at Eastern Greene," said Fidago, who posted a 42-75 mark at EGHS including winning the 2008 Class 2A Bloomfield Sectional and the school's first regional game. "Within a week, I had three different job offers."
Fidago, a native of Ohio who graduated from Bellefontaine High School and played basketball at Findlay (Ohio) University, said he is happy to have another chance to coach.
"When you have 13 years experience, that can work against you," said Fidago, who's teams posted a 17-18 record in the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference at Eastern Greene. "With everyone feeling the money crunch, schools are looking to hire teachers with less experience because you can pay them less money.
"I feel fortunate to have this opportunity."
Fidago, who will teach pre-Calculus, Probabilities and Statistics at Harrison, said he wished the timing would have been better.
"I wished this would have happened in June or July," he said. "But it just did not work out that way.
"I feel bad for Eastern because they have to try and find a math teacher right before school starts. The timing is not the best, but it is what it is. We just have to play the hand we are dealt."
Fidago, who's married to Christa and they have two children Isabelle, 4, and Xavier, almost 3, said it is not easy to leave Eastern Greene.
"I worked with a great staff there," he said. "I really hate to leave the school and the people there.
"But this was a good opportunity for myself and my family. It is not just about me coaching again. We have basically lived in college towns in Findlay, here near Bloomington and now Harrison in West Lafayette. We enjoy being close to that environment and the opportunities it can provide."
Fidago, who also coached in Ohio at Greeneview High School in Jamestown and Lakota High School in Kansas, Ohio besides his stay as an assistant at Findlay, said he always wanted to be a boys coach, but is glad for his five years of coaching the Lady Thunderbirds.
"It just happened to be the only position available when we moved here," he said. "I have no regrets about the time coaching girls at Eastern Greene.
"Basketball is still basketball, but it made me a better coach. But it also made me a better father."
Fidago will be part of a completely new coaching staff for the Raiders, a Class 4A school that has an enrollment of 1,657 that competes in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference with Avon, Brownsburg, Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern, Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon, Noblesville, Westfield and Zionsville.
"It will be good coming into a situation where everybody is new," he said. "There will be no preconceived ideas.
"It will be a fresh start for all the coaches and players. We play in a competitive conference and sectional (with host Kokomo, Lafayette Jeff, Logansport, Marion and McCutcheon). We are looking to build something at Harrison."
Good luck, Dan.
B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12.
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