The following is the seventh in a series on Independent School District 549 retirees for the 2023 school year.
Perham’s general on the basketball court and a mentor in the classroom, Dave Cresap, announced he is retiring from teaching after 37 years, 28 of them with Independent School District 549.
Cresap inspired many of his peers and student-athletes during his tenure as Perham Boys Basketball coach, sixth grade teacher and assistant girls tennis coach.
Prior to getting his start in Perham, Cresap coached and taught at Upham and Walhalla, North Dakota. He has received many accolades for his work in the gymnasium during his time with the Yellowjackets. He was named the Section 8AA Coach of the Year seven times and was named the Max Sports National Coach of the Year in 2011. He was also inducted into a pair of Hall of Fames in 2022 when he was inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame as well as the Valley City State University Coaches Hall of Fame.
Cresap said his favorite memory was watching the community come together to celebrate the Class AA Championship in 2011.
Cresap said he plans on spending more time with his family and grandkids during his retirement. He also plans on getting projects done around home and getting on a regular exercise routine. While his time from the classroom is coming to an end, he will be continuing his coaching career at Minnesota State Technical and Community College in Fergus Falls.
“I always told our teams that the basketball part of their life will be very short, but how we impact you as a person will last a lifetime,” Cresap said. “The students and athletes that I have worked with are the best a teacher/coach could ask for. They always came ready to work which made my job that much easier.”
Cresap added Perham is a very special place to teach and thanked everyone for the great memories and friendships.