Leifer steps down as NC coach
Luke Leifer made a deal with his wife before he became a head wrestling coach.
At some point in her career, he would get out of coaching so she could pursue an administrative job in education.
Leifer, 42, didn�t think that time would come this soon. But it�s time for him to keep his part of the deal.
He resigned as head coach at North Central after 10 years so his wife can take an administrative job in the West Valley School District.
It�s Leifer�s turn to chase his kids around � a 2-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl.
�I definitely support her,� Leifer said. �Coaching wrestling is a full-time gig and a hard job. You have to coach in the spring and go to summer tournaments. I owed it to my wife so she could pursue her thing. It was definitely a hard decision.�
Although NC athletic director Gabe Medrano knew it was a possibility he�d lose Leifer, seeing him step down wasn�t easy.
�It is with a sad heart I announce that my good friend and a great coach will be stepping down at NC,� Medrano said in an email last month.
Leifer had many feats, perhaps chief among them coaching the Indians to their first state championship in 2014. This year, he was on the edge of the mat to watch senior Clai Quintanilla become the first four-time state champ in Greater Spokane League history.
�Luke will be sorely missed,� Medrano said.
What made the decision more difficult for Leifer is he was a 1993 NC graduate. But he�s proud of what he built and believes the success will continue.
�We have a really good team coming back with a returning state champ and five state participants back,� Leifer said. �This was a good class to go out with. But I�m not leaving the cupboard bare.�