By Colton Hall
Dan Aaker is one of the best football coaches in the state.
Aaker has a career winning record of 149-38, and has lead the Winner Warriors to four state championship titles in 2009,2012,2015, and 2016. Aaker finished with back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2015 and 2016.
At one point, Winner hadn’t lose a game in two years.
Winning championships garners some major things. Things like respect, and a reputation.
Because of his excellent coaching career and reputation, Aaker will be the voice for the West River as a part of the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors. Aaker will be the “West River at Large Representative” on the board.
“It’s nice to be able to represent our school district,” Aaker said in a phone interview. “I’m looking forward to representing the entire west river as a voice. Its a guaranteed position that will give the board another voice to consider.”
Assuming that Aaker would voice his opinions on sports is an accurate presumption, but Aaker wants to voice his opinion on other activities.
“I just want to make the best decisions for student athletes and students that are involved in the fine arts as well,” Aaker said. “Students that are involved in the fine arts are just as important, and they deserve a voice”.
Aside from begin a winner in Winner, Aaker, who is from Bison, knows what it’s like to be around a small town.
“I was born and raised in small town,” Aaker said. “I know the impact that these decisions can have on the kids, and I’m here to be an advocate for them. I’ve worked as an administrator for a while, and I feel like I have a good perspective.”