John Pelzer is the head boys’ track and field coach at Nevada High School and the head wrestling coach at Nevada Middle School. In the past, he coached high school football in Nevada. Mr. Pelzer also teaches 6th grade language arts at Nevada.
Coach Pelzer started coaching because athletics came natural to him growing up and he has continued to coach because he enjoys the competitiveness, there is still so much to learn, and he enjoys the company of the student-athletes. One of his biggest accomplishments throughout coaching is getting top two in the conference and ranked one of the top ten teams in the state.
Because track is an individual sport, Mr. Pelzer believes in developing the relays as best he can as they are the “team” aspect of track and field. After developing these relays to the full potential, he strives to fill the rest of the events to create a competitive lineup, as he wants to qualify as many events for the Drake Relays and the state meet as possible.
Coach Pelzer always has a goal of noone quitting throughout the entire season of the sport. He also has goals for each individual to improve, be competitive and have fun. Coach Pelzer feels that his role in this is to help each athlete reach full potential as a track and field athlete and as an overall person.
Article contributed by Madison McGaffin.