Vergara brings vigor to CCDHS AD position

By: 
Abe Winter
Star Staff Writer

Custer County District High School has a new, energetic athletic director.

After three applicants were interviewed for the position during Tuesday’s meeting of the Miles City Unified Board of Trustees, Dominick Vergara was offered the job and instantly accepted it.

He’ll move here from Billings, where he’s worked at Elder Grove, a middle school, as principal, athletic director and teacher.

The trustees selected Vergara over two Wyoming candidates — Kori Black of Cody and Lee Zuck of Gillette.

“I’m excited,” Vergara said. “I serve the students and that starts by leading by example. That starts with me.”

Vergara, who turns 32 next month, is looking forward to making CCDHS similar to what he’s learned from several mentors and a book titled “Make the Big Time Where You Are.”

He considers the AD job part of “a team effort, and so everything we do is based off a team and I’m also big with the sponsor and booster program.”

Vergara is currently  looking to sell his home and establish residence in Miles City, perhaps for a long time. He’s already looking forward to football and all the other activities at CCDHS.

“Friday nights I want the stands full,” he said. “The beautiful thing about sports is that they unite the community. That’s one of my strengths, uniting the community through sports and activities.

“I’ve had an opportunity to work with some good people. It comes down to giving back to the community, leading by example and doing all the tough jobs.”

Asked about his new job that suddenly has new head coaches in wrestling, volleyball and girls basketball, he didn’t waver.

“It’s just part of public education,” he said, acknowledging that it’s hard to fill a coaching staff.

“At our school (Elder Grove) we’re seeing a turnover of eight or nine a year. It’s a tough job and treating (coaches) with respect is a top priority for me,” he continued.

You’re apt to see top-notch facilities for the CCDHS programs during his reign.

“I take pride in the athletic facilities, just making them look good,” he said.

“I’m always positive. That’s who I am. I look forward to building relationships. I got an awesome start with the community with my interview.”

He said he also wants to work with those who coordinate the elementary and middle school programs.

“A lot of this starts with the middle school program and even your K-5 youth programs,” he said. “I’m trying to make this my home. I don’t have kids so I treat every one of these kids as my own son or daughter.

“I want to build this up. It’s going to take some time, but I know how to learn. I know the process and how it works.”

Athletes report for fall sports Aug. 11 and Vergara will be here.

“This is my dream job,” he said. “I love what I do.”

(Contact Abe Winter at starcity@midrivers.com or 406-234-0450.)

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