Two prominent coaches from the city of Vermillion will retire from coaching this year.
The Vermillion School Board accepted head football coach Gary Culver’s and head gymnastics coach Mark Upward’s resignation Monday night.
Culver has been with the Tanager’s football program for 36 years. He’s lead the team to five state titles and he’s one of only 14 high school coaches in South Dakota to record 200 or more wins in their career. In 2009, Culver was inducted into the South Dakota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Upward has been with the Tanager’s gymnastics team for 33 years. He’s coached seven state championship teams and 42 individual state title winners. Upward was also a member of the South Dakota High School Coaches’ Association from 2001 to 2007.
Although they’re retiring for athletics, both will remain with the school system.