Berthoud's Scott Pickert finds the timing right30 Jan 2017
By Sports Editor Mike Brohard,Reporter Herald
Will Carron paused and tried to collect himself. It's not something a wrestler is supposed to do on the mat, because hesitation can lead to defeat. His coach, Scott Pickert taught him that. Nowadays, Carron competes in a different way, on the side of the mat as a coach, with Pickert still by his side. But that's going to change, and Carron has known for some time. Yet the realization is starting to set in about what Pickert has meant to him and the Spartans' program. "I really don't know if you can put that into words," he said, chocking up a bit.
When Pickert returned to Berthoud, where he starred as a wrestler, he spent a season helping out former coach Frank Locker and then applied for the head job for the 1991-92 season. Then-Principal Jack Sommers told him, fine, but there were teaching positions open — and if they filled one with a wrestling coach, that person would get both jobs. "Here we are 27 years later, and I'm still here," Pickert joked. "The kids have kept me young. Fortunately, I was a competitor in high school and college, and it was a way to compete again and to help the kids compete." Now Pickert is stepping down. It's a decision he's mulled over for a few years, always looking for the right time. Not so much for himself, but for the program. In December, he became convinced. His wife Linda, who had always helped him wade through his thoughts and lend support — but not be the final vote — knew he was at peace with his choice."I told him I would never tell him when," Linda said. "We've talked about it for a couple of years, but he was waiting for Will to want to be the head coach. Scott said, 'I think this is going to be it.' He wanted to leave the wrestling program with somebody who has the same passion for wrestling and for kids as he did."