It was September of 1982 when a newly hired Dean Lagasse first stepped
onto the Village Christian campus.
After more than 30 years teaching physical education and coaching athletic
teams at all levels, Lagasse was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame
at Non-Fire on October 6, 2016, at VCS.
“It’s an honor to be inducted, but I really think it represents
the people I got to coach with, the people I got to coach, and God’s
grace,” Lagasse said. “[My favorite part of coaching] is watching
the kids improve. Bottom line. If you can get kids to do things they didn’t
think they could do, that’s like giving me dessert – a big
bowl of ice cream at the end. Getting them to improve and go beyond what
they thought they could do or come through in the clutch.”
In 1982, Lagasse coached middle school flag football, junior varsity soccer,
and middle school baseball. And he hasn’t looked back, coaching
at least one sport every year since, including football, girls basketball,
boys basketball, boys soccer, track, cross country, golf, softball, and baseball.
“The name Dean Lagasse is almost synonymous with Village Christian,”
said VCS Athletic Director Kevin Aust. “Dean has served VCS as a
coach, teacher, Mexicali leader, and friend for 35 years. He has coached
more than 90 teams during his tenure, and you would be hard-pressed to
find a VCS student over the last three decades that would not identify
Dean as someone who impacted their life for God. Dean is one of the most
beloved Crusaders of all-time and has more than earned his induction as
a coach into the VCS Athletics Hall of Fame.”
Former Junior High and High School Principal Dave Wilson still remembers
hiring the young Biola graduate.
I liked him and thought he’d fit in well with our P.E. Department
and with the people,” Wilson recalled. “Sometimes, you just
get a good feeling for a person and you don’t really know why. It
worked out well. ... He’s always genuinely interested in what’s
going on in your life. Sometimes that’s not spoken, you just feel
it. He’s just a special guy.”
Please join us in welcoming Dean Lagasse into the VCS Athletics Hall of Fame.