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Reed wrestling coach Barraza steps down to pursue education, career
by Tribune Staff
Mar 06, 2013 | 2870 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For four years, former Reed standout wrestler Dan Barraza has been leading the wrestling program at the east Sparks school. After this season, he felt it was time to take time off.

Barraza decided he needed to focus on his family life and the first step for that is to head back to school and get his teaching credentials.

“I put in a lot of time there to turn the program around. For me, I was just working and I really want to go back to school and get my teaching credentials and return to coaching after that,” Barraza said. “I would be a better coach if I was a teacher just with the schedule. I’m married and it’s time to get a career. I’m about halfway done with school now.”

Barraza said he would like to teach special education.

He currently is coaching all the kids in northern Nevada who are going to high school nationals during the first week of April. But he can’t give the time commitment needed to be a varsity coach at this time. He plans on it in the future.

“I’m going to be around wrestling, working out, but the kids deserve someone who can be there full time,” Barraza said. “For my family, I just need to get my schooling done and get into a career.”

In the past three seasons, Reed wrestlers have combined to win five state championships — three by Spencer Empey and two by Broc Westlake.
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