After 25 years of coaching, Dave Sollman is ready to hang up that hat.

Sollman officially resigned his position as Zionsville Community High School boys golf coach Wednesday. Sollman had been the coach of the team since 1995, and oversaw an Eagles program that had great success, including two state titles in 2002 and 2004.

Sollman is also a social studies teacher at ZCHS; he will continue in that position there. Education, as it turned out, was a reason why Sollman decided to step down as golf coach.

“My wife (Kelly) got an administrative position at Lebanon (Community School Corp.),” Sollman said. “She’s going to be an assistant principal at Harney Elementary.”

As a result, Sollman decided that it would be best for him to be at home more so he could help take care of the couple’s two children: Rebecca, 15, and Michael, 11.

“It gives me time to go watch them participate in their activities, and do the things that a parent’s supposed to do,” Sollman said.

The 53-year-old Sollman’s coaching career, which includes 16 years at Zionsville, spanned a quarter-century.

“That’s plenty,” Sollman said. “If you can do it for 25 years, you’re awful lucky. It’s just time to let a younger person take over.”

Sollman’s coaching and teaching career began at Eastern High School in his home town of Pekin, located in southeastern Washington County. He coached varsity golf for eight years and boys basketball for four years.

Sollman then came to Zionsville in 1990, where he became the boys basketball coach that year. He left that position in 1997, having pulled double-duty as both basketball and golf coach during the last couple of years. Sollman presided over a sectional basketball title for the Eagles in 1995.

Of course, Sollman named Zionsville’s 2002 boys golf state championship as the highlight of his coaching career. This came after the Eagles were runners-up in 2001, and third place in 2000.

Sollman attributed Zionsville’s success to both the ability and chemistry of the members of the team.

“Their relationship as teammates made their winning special, and it just something that a lot of teams lack,” Sollman said.

The Eagles repeated as state champions in 2004, a win that Sollman called “icing on the cake.

“For it to be two times, it was unbelievable,” Sollman said.


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