DUGGER, Ind. (WTHI) – Dugger Union High School was almost a thing of the past until a community battled to save their school.
A miracle maybe, but some say it is Coach Danny Tieken who will save ‘Bulldog football.’ He just happens to be the only coach who holds a winning season in Dugger history.
Now, Tieken is preparing for a new football season.
“I was here for three great years, but like a lot of young guys, I moved on to a bigger school,” he explained. “What I thought was more opportunities and I’ve kind of played the high school football moving around game.”
He got his start right here at the age of 28 and coached from 1986 to 1989.
“We defeated Sullivan that year in the first game of my career, we went over and beat Sullivan,” Tieken explained.
That season the bulldogs went 19 and 9 breaking a long losing streak.
And now, 25 years later, the man known as a legend, a hero and savior among the Dugger community returns home.
“I’m none of those – I’m just ‘Danny Tieken.’ I am honored to be back here and I’m flattered at the end of my career that I’m getting the chance to do this again not only work with the football program but the revitalization of this school.”
So when Tieken got the call, he just couldn’t refuse.
“We were on life support,” he described. “Saturday we’re gonna walk out with a football team, playing a full competition. That to me is part of the Dugger miracle that’s happening. That we exist is a miracle in it’s self. But when we walk out on that field Saturday, then part of that then becomes reality.”
Check out the Bulldogs’ first game of the season this Saturday at 6 p.m. in Dugger against the Noblesville Lions.