By Kevin Cloe
He will continue to coach the Wickenburg High School cross country team and teach, but Doug Clementz has announced his retirement after 30 years as head coach of the Wranglers’ track team.
“Thirty years is long enough,” he announced after conducting his 2019 track team’s recent awards banquet. “It’s time to step aside and let someone else have a crack at it.”
He said his decision actually was made prior to last year’s track season, but he didn’t make a public announcement until the conclusion of the just-completed school year.
“”The time had come, and I decided I would go out with these seniors,” he said. “It was my decision, on my terms, which I have been hinting around for the past three years that it would happen sometime. I wanted to keep it away from the kids because I wanted the season to be about the seniors’ last season and not mine.”
He said the school district posted the job opening in March or April, which prompted a couple of his track athletes to ask about his status. He noted that his future role with the track team, if any, has yet to be decided.
Clementz, who has been the school’s only cross country coach in its 34 years of existence and plans to continue at that capacity, served as the head coach of the track team over two periods of time. He took the reins in 1987 through 1994 and then took a three-year break before returning in that capacity in 1998. He also has been the long-time game announcer at the Wranglers’ football and basketball games, which he also plans to continue, and also performed the task of announcing pep assemblies — earning him the designation “The Voice of the Wranglers.”
He grew up in Constantine, Mich., running cross country and track and continued to run competitively in college for two years, earning a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan as a physical education major. He teaches physical education and social studies at Wickenburg High.