Materese ends 40 years at school
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
After 40 years of teaching young boys and girls in Madison, Mike Materese is retiring from work to spend more time with the youngsters in his own family.|
Playing with his grandchildren and concentrating on golf and fishing stand high on Materese's retirement list. Materese, the physical education teacher at Madison Middle School, plans to "stick around" Madison, and he'd appreciate any opportunity to keep his coaching association with varsity Bulldogs basketball.
"Even after retirement, I'd like to continue coaching basketball a bit longer at the high school," Materese said.
He's coached boys' basketball in the Madison school district for four decades, along with 16 years spent coaching track and field, 17 years with the football program, and 21 years coaching girls' basketball.
Basketball, especially boys' basketball, holds the No. 1 spot in coaching for Materese. He's enjoyed the sport throughout his life and even played as a member of an amateur basketball squad in Madison.
"I've played basketball for so many years, and it never gets old," Materese said. "I've always enjoyed the game."
He grew up in Somerville, Mass., a city located next to Boston, and graduated from the town's high school in 1969. Materese studied for his college degree in Madison, at the school now known as Dakota State University, because he didn't have any specific direction after high school.
"I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but I had an uncle who played football at Dakota State -- it was still General Beadle (College) then -- and I thought that I'd give the school a try," Materese said.
He graduated from DSU in 1973 after completing his student teaching requirements at Washington Elementary School in Madison. His first job in education had Materese teaching fifth- and sixth-grade science and math at Lincoln Elementary in Madison, a position that he stayed at for seven years.
Then Materese moved to the junior high school and instructed earth science to Madison eighth-graders for 20 years. He moved to the physical education position that he's retiring from 13 years ago.
"I got into teaching because I've always enjoyed being around kids, I've always enjoyed athletics, and I really wanted to coach," Materese said.
According to Materese, basketball involving young athletes has grown since his start in teaching and coaching. He said that in the region, a person can find a handful of basketball tourneys on weekends with the players starting in the third grade.
"The kids begin playing at a much younger age than when I started coaching," he said. "Starting so early, the kids are definitely more skilled at much younger ages."
With the end of the spring semester, Materese plans to work on his golf game and continue doing some work at Tom's Painting, a job that he's also held for about 30 years. He and his wife Jane raised two children in Madison. Their daughter Carrie lives in Sioux Falls with a granddaughter, Eden. Their son Jim and his wife Casey live in Madison and are raising a second granddaughter, Lyla, and expecting another child.
Mike and Jane Materese will celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary this week.
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