Dimka steps down as Wausau East boys basketball coach

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CWS Sports Desk

April 12, 2019

Wausau– Paul Dimka, who has been the varsity boys basketball coach for the past six years at Wausau East, is stepping down.

Dimka’s career coaching basketball included three seasons as a 7th grade coach at Horace Mann Middle School, one season as a freshman coach and the last 21 seasons with the varsity program, 15 as the assistant coach and the last six seasons as head coach.

“When you put the time into years, it is definitely a long time,” said Dimka. “I’ve been very fortunate to remain with the program for so many years.  I look back at the athletes and coaches that I’ve had the opportunity to work with and feel truly blessed.”

Dimka took over as varsity coach for Jason Teske in 2013-14, after being Teske’s assistant for 14 seasons. Dimka was also the assistant under Dennis Blunk in his last season as the Lumberjacks’ head coach.  

“I was lucky to learn under two great coaches, which helped me very much when I took over as head coach.”

In six seasons as the East head coach Dimka compiled a 69-72 record.  His teams reached the sectional round of tournament play in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, respectively.

“When I first started coaching I was really into wins and losses . . . . As time passed and I eventually had a program to manage, it definitely became about so much more.  I see so many players from the past 25 years and feel honored that I was able to have some small impact on their lives. It is very satisfying to reconnect with the players that I have coached over the years and see the successes they are enjoying in their lives.”

A press release issued by the Wausau East athletic department touched on Dimka’s impact on the Lumberjacks’ basketball program:

“He has demonstrated a sincere passion for coaching the sport of basketball, while teaching our athletes many lessons that they will carry with them off the court.  Coach Dimka did a great job of forming strong connections with his athletes and maintaining high expectations for all involved with his program.

“Over the last several years, Paul has been a leader within the Lumberjack athletic coaching staff.  He is a tireless worker and competitor that does all the little things right. His leadership and enthusiasm will be missed at East.”