Husband and wife head coaches met at St. Cloud State
Friday, March 30, 2012
Tom Dasovich ’01, is the head boys basketball coach at Minnetonka High School. Leah (Thomsen) Dasovich ’01, is the head girls basketball coach at the very same school. They may be the only husband and wife in Minnesota who are head boys and girls basketball coaches at the same school.
Tom is in his second year as the Minnetonka boys coach after previous head-coaching stops at Columbia Heights and Henry Sibley. Leah, a former Minnetonka assistant, is in her first year as the girls head coach. It’s a match made in basketball heaven, or at least at St. Cloud State University.
Tom and Leah were athletes at St. Cloud State when they met, as Leah joked, “in the training room over a bucket of ice.” Tom played football and basketball at Hopkins High School and football at St. Cloud State. Before Leah (then Leah Thomsen) began her St. Cloud State career, she played center on a St. Cloud Apollo basketball team that lost to Rochester Mayo – led by future WNBA players Kelly and Coco Miller – in the 1995 Class 2A state championship game.
After graduating from St. Cloud State, Tom and Leah were hired as teachers at Minnetonka. Leah has been there ever since, teaching language arts and working as an assistant to the former girls basketball coach Bart Inniger until daughter Emma came along. Tom, a social studies teacher, left Minnetonka after one year when he was named head coach at Columbia Heights, and later at Henry Sibley. His Henry Sibley teams went to the Class 4A state tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2010, losing to Minnetonka in the 2008 state championship game.
The couple was reunited at Minnetonka a year ago when Tom was named boys basketball coach, and Leah became the girls head coach when Inniger retired.
It’s no surprise to learn that basketball is a major topic of conversation in the Dasovich household.
“We watch film, we watch games, we talk basketball all the time,” Leah said. “It was nice when Tom was coaching and had those really nice years and making those runs, he’d talk about what they needed to do in practice and we would bounce ideas off each other. It kept me into it a little bit and now he’s been helping me out quite a bit, too.”
Tom said, “She’s definitely a good sounding board. I used to make bad jokes that she was my unpaid assistant. But she really was. She helped me break down film and she helped me scout. It’s nice to have somebody who really understands basketball at a high level … better than me, at least.”
Reprinted with permission from John Millea of the Minnesota High School League.