QUICK 6: Catching Up with Former BK Head Coach Wil Overgaard
Wil’s 1985 squad is having a 25 year reunion on Oct. 1, but Wil and his wife, the former Megan Donahue (BK ’80), will likely be in Raleigh, NC, for the North Carolina State vs. Virginia Tech game and unable to attend the reunion.
1. What have your been doing since you left BK?
That was a long time ago…23 years. I left BK in 1987 to become the head football coach at Borah H.S., a position I held for 7 years. I came to Weiser in 1994 to work for superintendent Jim Reed, a BK alum. Our athletic director was/is Terry Mooney, Bryan Mooney’s uncle. I am beginning my 17th year in Weiser having served as H.S. assistant principal, principal and currently serve as the Director of Special Services and Academic Achievement. I was even allowed to dabble in coaching for a few years here, but recently gave that up.
2. What is your current role in the Weiser School District?
I am the Director of Special Services and Academic Achievement. We joke that it is a catch-all position for everything that the superintendent does NOT want to do. In reality my responsibilities include managing all the federal programs (Special Education, Title 1, Migrant, LEP); planning and implementing professional development for the staff; overseeing the testing program and assisting in the continuous improvement activities for our academic program.
3. Give us the update on your family. Wife, kids, what are they doing?
All four of my children have gone through the Weiser system. Elise (age 23 graduated from Boston University and works for a pharmaceutical research company there; Mikel (age 22) is a junior at NC State University and is an offensive lineman for their football team; Willie (age 20) is a junior at the University of Idaho and studying to be a teacher; and Ana (age 19) is a sophomore at U of I and a walk-on to the girl’s basketball team. Megan (BK, 1980) is a high school Biology and Anatomy and Physiology teacher here in Weiser, and in 2008 received the Governor’s Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science Award (GIANTS).
4. If the Idaho Vandals played the NC State Wolfpack who would cheer for? What is your ideal final BCS Poll ranking for NC State, Idaho, BSU, and Notre Dame?
OK – now you’re asking the “tough” questions. Hey I love the Vandals, but I also have a Master’s degree from BSU. Meg is a BSU graduate with a Master’s degree from the U of I. So – we have always enjoyed the success of both programs until they play each other! Then it’s all Vandals – hey – I’ve always loved the “underdog”. I was 1 – 1 – 1 as a player versus BSU (yes, a 30-30 tie in 1975). The first songs we taught the kids were the U of I and Notre Dame (BK) fight songs. But as long as Mikel is a member of the NC State Wolfpack – I have no interest in any other program (blood runs thick you know). They’re off to a 3 – 0 start* and are playing the underdog role in the ACC. They’re not on anybody’s radar yet, but we hope they soon will be. We’re hoping for a bowl game!
5. How good was that 1985 BK football team?
That was one great football team. We beat three 5A teams in the non-conference games, lost to Vallivue in the league and finished 8-1 and did not make the playoffs. It was a huge disappointment that was well chronicled in the Statesman. Nonetheless – those players left with some great memories and I think a legacy that added to the BK tradition. Several of those players went on to have outstanding college careers: Bryan Mooney at Wyoming, Terry Heffner and Erik Helgeson at BSU.
6. What is your most memorable Bishop Kelly football moment?
That has to be the 1984 team that beat Post Falls on the road in the first round of the playoffs to have a chance to replay the conference champion (Vallivue) in the state semi-final game that went into overtime. We scored first and held Vallivue’s heralded running back, Nate Borchardt on four downs. Terry Heffner blew up their last attempt and it was mayhem on the field! Very exciting. We were not supposed to be there, and we had some great kids who wanted to win in the worst way. The center was Mark Bieter at 150 lbs “dripping wet”, and Steve Farley at guard – I doubt he weighed 140 lbs. and stood barely 5’4”, if that. But up and down the lineup, we were “tough”. We liked to say that we had good “gido” on that team, a sense of togetherness that you don’t always get in sports.
*Wolf Pack is now 4-0 with upset win at Georgia Tech. Mikel is nursing an elbow injury and was not in his customary starting position at offensive tackle, but he is expected to return to action soon.Tweet