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Coach, teacher Heid retires

Dave Heid, who spent 33 years as a teacher and coach at Fallbrook High School, retired as a coach following the end of the 2010 junior varsity boys golf season and as a teacher following the conclusion of the 2009-10 year.

“It’s been a great run,” Heid said. “It’s been a real pleasure.”

After making the transition from a Brigham Young University graduate assistant to a Fallbrook High School teacher and coach, Heid coached baseball, junior varsity football, boys and girls golf, girls tennis, and softball for the Warriors. He taught English and physical education in addition to coaching.

Heid, who has two sons and a daughter, also coached Pony League Baseball in addition to his school leadership.

The 59-year-old Heid graduated from Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington, in 1968. He played collegiate baseball at Brigham Young University and served a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission in South Africa. Heid also met his wife, Delynn, at Brigham Young.

Heid began his teaching career as a graduate assistant at BYU, coaching junior varsity baseball and teaching physical education skill classes. He moved to Fallbrook after his initial year teaching at BYU.

“I was looking for good baseball weather and found it down here in Fallbrook,” he said.

His wife’s parents had retired to Fallbrook, and Heid and his wife had visited Fallbrook during the holidays. Heid applied for teaching positions throughout San Diego County. “Got lucky and got to Fallbrook,” he said. “Great place to raise a family.”

Heid, who majored in physical education at BYU while obtaining an English minor, also worked on a graduate curriculum at San Diego State University after moving to California.

In his first academic year as a Fallbrook teacher and coach, Heid coached in the Warriors’ football program and was the assistant varsity baseball coach under Bill Waite. “He was a good mentor for me,” Heid said of Waite.

Waite had two different stints as Fallbrook’s baseball coach and was both Heid’s predecessor and successor. Waite first coached the Warriors from 1971 to 1977. The 1976 Warriors shared the league tri-championship before losing to defending CIF champion Hoover High School in the playoffs.

Heid’s first season as the Warriors’ head baseball coach saw Fallbrook win the 1978 league championship before losing to Escondido in the playoffs. The league championship was Fallbrook’s fourth during the 1970s.

“He did a fine job,” Waite said of Heid.

Heid’s Warriors had to come from behind against Carlsbad to make the 1979 playoffs as the Avocado League’s second-place team. “In ‘79 we were kind of starting over, had young kids,” Heid said. Mira Mesa eliminated Fallbrook during the 1979 CIF playoffs.

The 1980 baseball season saw Dan Riciotti set the team record for doubles. “That was a good-hitting team,” Heid said.

The 1987 baseball team included senior T.J. Flynn, whose 16 home runs that year set a single-season CIF San Diego section record and contributed to the team’s 43 home runs, which was also a San Diego section single-season record. It also included future minor leaguer and Valley Center High School coach Bill Dunckel.

Heid was a lower-level football coach earlier in the academic year when Fallbrook won the 1986 CIF championship; Ty Barksdale, who scored two touchdowns in that title game, also played on the baseball team and set a team record for walks drawn. Left-handed pitcher Jeff Lawrence was eventually drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays while Jason Rusk would play college ball at Occidental. “That was the best team I coached,” Heid said of the 1987 Warriors. “That team had just about everything.”

Fallbrook’s 1987 baseball team reached the finals of the Lions Tournament before a 1-0 loss to Orange Glen in the championship game. The Warriors reached the CIF playoff semifinals before losing by a 4-3 score to Mount Carmel. At one time during the season the Warriors were ranked fifth in the state.

“That might have been the best team I ever saw at Fallbrook,” Waite said.

Waite had returned as Fallbrook’s coach when Heid’s oldest child, Danny, was on the Warrior baseball team. Danny Heid graduated from Fallbrook High School in 1993, attended Cal Poly, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Heid’s daughter, Dana, graduated from Fallbrook High School in 1995. She was part of Fresno State University’s diving team after her high school graduation and now lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Heid’s younger son, Devin, graduated from Fallbrook High School in 1997 and subsequently played golf at BYU. He currently lives in San Clemente.

“They had some good coaches when they were at Fallbrook High,” Heid said of his children. “They had some great coaches.”

Heid and his wife now have six grandchildren, who will be a major focus of Heid’s post-retirement activities. “Our first plans, of course, will be centered around grandkids,” he said.

Heid’s wife was a substitute teacher at Fallbrook High School for five years before joining the faculty of Temecula Valley High School. Delynn Heid, who also retired at the end of the 2009-10 academic year, taught advanced placement art history and advanced placement English at Temecula Valley. She was a history major at


Travel will be a considerable portion of their post-retirement plans. “One goal is to see the leaves turn in the fall somewhere. We haven’t seen that in quite a while,” Heid said.

The 2010 World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa brought back memories of Heid’s Mormon mission in that country. “It’s always been a dream of ours to return there,” he said.

Heid last coached varsity sports at Fallbrook High School with the girls golf team. His position as the boys junior varsity golf coach was his only coaching duty for the 2009-10 seasons.

“I enjoyed the victories. That was a lot of fun to win. But I probably just enjoyed teaching the fundamentals and seeing the daily progress of the kids more,” Heid said.

Heid’s coaching highlights also include Megan McLeod’s individual girls golf championship in 2003.

Heid also noted his highlights as a teacher. “I think my main contribution was getting kids to work who didn’t want to work,” he said.

An annual golf tournament at San Luis Rey Downs is named after former Fallbrook High School golfer Rick Wiland, who was killed in an automobile accident. Heid played in the June 15 Rick Wiland Tournament and plans to continue playing in that tournament.

Heid and his wife will continue to reside in Fallbrook after their retirement. “We love Fallbrook, and we don’t know where else we’d want to live,” he said.

He will also continue to attend Fallbrook High School athletic events. “I’m a Warrior,” he said.

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