NHS sports — Girls basketball coach Tamie Woginrich steps down after seven years; boys coach Dave Brown not asked to return

Both Newberg High School basketball programs are currently leaderless after athletic director Tim Burke announced April 22 that girls head coach Tamie Woginrich is stepping down and boys head coach Dave Brown will not have his contract renewed next year.

Woginrich, who took the Tigers to the playoffs in three of her seven years, most recently in the 2012-2013 season, submitted her intent to retire March 20.

“She was dedicated to providing opportunities to play basketball for all kids,” Burke said in a release. “Her passion for Newberg High School extended to supporting other programs. She will be sorely missed.”

Woginrich, who said she felt the time was right to step away as she pursues some new opportunities outside of coaching, said it will be the time spent with her players that she will miss most.

“The kids were awesome to work with and I had a great time with them,” Woginrich said. “I feel like we got some things accomplished with getting the youth program to a better place than it was when I stepped in.”

Woginrich said she was thankful for Burke’s support and that of the community, especially local businesses, whose donations helped fund team trips and ensure that all players received team gear like shoes and bags.

If the right opportunity arises at the right time, she said she is definitely open to a return to coaching, but for now is enjoying her “retirement.”

“Like several of our head coaches, Tamie poured herself into providing a positive experience for our student-athletes,” Burke said. “Girls that played for Tamie were fortunate to have a caring, passionate and giving adult as a part of their lives.”

Although Brown will not be back to coach the boys team for a third year, Burke noted “his work to stabilize a program that had seen four head coaches over a five year period, as well as creating an environment where student-athletes felt that their coaches cared about them as both an athlete and a person.”

Brown expressed disappointment he will not have the opportunity to continue the rebuilding process he started, especially because he claims that he was promised three to five years to get the program to a competitive level.

At the same time, he said is proud of what he and his staff accomplished in two years, even if that wasn’t reflected in his 9-39 record, and believes the team is ready to take a major step forward next season.

“Everything is there,” Brown said. “We finished strong and the kids are learning how to compete.”

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