Nate Wright considers himself fortunate since he will be moving up in Marengo High School’s administration, yet still be doing something he loves, coaching basketball.
Wright will take over next school year as Marengo’s athletic director as current AD Chad Olson returns to the classroom full time to teach business. But Wright will retain the head boys basketball job, a position he has held for the past four years.
“I’m still coaching basketball because, No. 1, I love to coach basketball,” Wright said. “We don’t have any new teachers we’re hiring right now, the opportunity to hire someone to come in and take the job. I really feel it needs to be an in-building teacher and coach, and we don’t have that opportunity right now.”
Which suits Wright fine, especially with a program that is 88-33 over his tenure as head coach, with two Class 3A regional championships and one sectional title.
Olson took over when former AD Becky Weinhandl retired, but the AD position was not full time. Wright said some restructuring now has made the position basically full time with some other responsibilities. Wright has resigned as girls golf coach, where a new coach has yet to be named.
Wright no longer will teach math. He will be in charge of athletics and activities, along with some part-time dean work. And he will remain as basketball coach.
“For the time being, I’m going to continue to coach basketball,” Wright said. “Eventually, that will come to an end, but there’s no timeline for that. I’m going to keep doing it as long as I can.”
Wright completed his master's program in 2010 and was interested in classes that would get him into administrative positions.
“I explored those (administration) options before, and then the basketball position came up, and I went after that,” Wright said. “I originally wanted to get into the world of administration and kind of widen my influence a little bit.”
Wright is eager for the shift in his responsibilities.
“It gives me an opportunity to work with other sports and still be involved in the athletics side of things but continue to pursue my career to be in administration,” Wright said. “Marengo athletics has been in great hands in my time here. I’m honored to be chosen to continue that trend. We have a great group of dedicated coaches, and I’m excited to be able to help them and learn from them and make our programs even better.”