TCA football coach David Bervig steps down

0
Photo - TCA Head Coach David Bervig fist bumps with his son and starting quarterback, Austin Bervig, before a game against Pueblo East at the school on Friday, October 23, 2015.   (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
TCA Head Coach David Bervig fist bumps with his son and starting quarterback, Austin Bervig, before a game against Pueblo East at the school on Friday, October 23, 2015. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Last season, David Bervig had to miss two weeks of practice while traveling for work.
That’s not easy for a head football coach.
So Thursday morning, after weeks of self-deliberation, Bervig stepped down as The Classical Academy football coach.
“It’s just tough,” Bervig said Thursday night. “I love doing it, I love these kids. But I felt like this was probably a good time, because we’re going to be really good next year. We’re going to be competing for a state championship.”
In his five seasons at the helm, Bervig’s Titans went 40-17, reached the playoffs four times — highlighted by a semifinals trip in 2013 — and had records above .500 in all but one season.
He’s hoping the next coach comes from within his staff so he could possibly stick around as an assistant. He pointed to his assistants as a big reason the program had so much success.
“In fact, I was never the football brains,” he said. “I was the guy that ran the program and knew what we wanted to do from a philosophy standpoint. I made it a point to surround myself with really good football coaches and those guys coached those kids up well.”
He also expects athletic director Gary Geiger will have some quality candidates to choose from because of the Titans’ success.
“I think we’ve got TCA football on the map,” Bervig said. “That’s been a lot of fun. I’m going to miss that part of it.”
Geiger, who described Bervig as a friend, had hoped the coach wouldn’t call it quits.
“I tried to twist his arm and get him to stay on,” Geiger said. “When you have a good coach it’s like having a good mechanic or a good doctor, you don’t want to lose him. He’s been great.”
Geiger said the school will start the process to find a new coach as soon as possible.
For Bervig, while the victories mounted, he enjoyed something else more.
“I never did it for the wins,” Bervig said. “I did it because I love kids. I want to speak into young men’s lives. And in the process, we got to win some football games.”