The cell phone said, “Missed call, Dennis Roberts.” Often, missed calls aren’t returned all that fast. But when the call is from DR, you know it’s big. Championships, hirings, firings–those situations warrant calls from the College of the Siskiyous Athletic Director. What was the word from DR?
“I wanted to let you know we hired Brady Svilich as our new Cross Country coach. We now officially have a cross country program.”
Roberts went on to say that he was very excited about having Svilich on board, and that he felt that COS cross country could very quickly become competitive and even a championship quality program. He also noted that there was a great base of runners right in Siskiyou County.
Yreka High School has won the CIF D-IV boys state championship two out of the last three years. Mt. Shasta High School has fielded strong teams seemingly forever, and Etna High School has also produced some outstanding runners, such as John Whelan.
Svilich comes to COS from the Yreka Miners cross country program where he was an assistant coach for the past four years. For Yreka Head Coach Pam Borg, the news brought mixed emotions, and a bold prediction.
Its a bitter sweet situation for me as you might figure. I’m extremely proud of him as its a great opportunity for him as well as our county to have the XC program back at COS. There are a lot of talented kids that will benefit from having the program in place and being coached by Brady.
I can’t say enough about the impact Brady made with the YHS XC program over the past four years as my assistant. We won many league and section titles, along with two state championships during his time here. We had that special winning combination of talented-hardworking athletes, wonderful community support and a great coaching team, which made for a string of very successful seasons.
He has a great sense of humor that the kids love and he also has the insight and experience as a runner to draw from to guide each individual and team to be successful.
Personally, I will miss him as he was easy to work with as we shared a common coaching philosophy. We are both competitive people who love to have fun, work hard, and also win. I’m figuring Brady will be winning conference within three years, if not sooner.
On Monday evening, Svilich answered a few cross country questions from SiskiyouYouth.com about his past, the present and the future.
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