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January 29, 2010

Retirement is busy time for Dutch

While his peers at New Albany still dreaming about how they’d spend their upcoming days off, Howard “Dutch” Vigar was up at 4:30 a.m. the day before Christmas break, ready to start his workday.

He arrived at the high school’s pool, changed into his swim gear and started his regular, threeday-a-week swim routine. After about an hour of swimming, Vigar changed into his work clothes and began his daily duties as the school’s interim athletic director.

Despite Vigar’s retirement from the school system two years ago, the 59-year-old works more today more than he ever did before he filed his retirement papers. He left the New Albany-Floyd County School Corp. after 30 years of teaching

and coaching.

“I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel and sit in an easy chair,” Vigar said. “I found after a semester of retirement, coaching wasn’t enough. It’s kind of like eating steak: If you do it too much, you get tired of it.”

Before long, he found himself teaching biology at Indiana University Southeast. Although that was a short stint, Vigar took on three other jobs — teaching coaching certification courses for Indiana Youth Soccer, as an assistant coach for Indiana’s Olympic Development Program, and as director of Coaching for Soccer of Southern Indiana United.

Vigar said he began to feel a little of the irony of continuing to work so much after he left his position in the school system.

“I was actually working more than before I retired,” Vigar said. “I guess the saving grace was knowing that I didn’t have to do it.”

That wasn’t the only saving grace for Vigar, though. He attributes much of his vitality to the energy he feels when he’s around young people.

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