Terry Vance, former Del Norte High Warrior standout, took a long and varied tour through the coaching profession before returning to his roots here in Crescent City.
When Ricks College in Idaho dropped their athletic program, Terry took a job coaching football in Deming, New Mexico. Terry comes from a close knit family and said Deming was a long way from Crescent City and the urge to return home was really getting strong.
It so happened that at that time the traveling physical education job here became available. He interviewed for the position, was hired and became an employee of the Del Norte Unified School District.
As soon as Terry came back to the area he immediately returned to coaching. In 2000 he took over as the head track coaching position for the Warriors. During the 2003 season the Warrior boys team won the the league championship, taking it away from Fortuna which had held it for years. I talked to George Hartman, who was one of Terry's assistants. He said Terry was really fun to work with. He also said it was a good thing that he and Dave Boker, another of Terry's assistants, were with him as they made sure that Terry did not get lost driving in the big city. They were there with Jacob Moon, the Warrior high jump record holder.
Terry also joined coach Lewis Nova’s football staff where he worked with special teams and helped with wide receivers and defensive backs.
He worked with coach Nova for two years and for coach Tony Fabricus, who had replaced coach Nova for two more years in the same capacity.
After the 2003 school year there were a number of teaching assignment changes and Terry was transferred to Bar O Boys Ranch, where he still works. The time commitment and travel distance caused him to give up coaching at DNHS.
Coaching was still in his blood and he now coaches a traveling sixth-grade team that is made up of boys from Redwood, Smith River and Crescent Elk schools.
Terry and wife Sara have five children and are both happy to be back in northern California. We can look forward to many more years of this young man working with our youth.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.