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Meet Coach Virden
Before he was regarded as a well-respected doctor among other plastic surgeons in Reno, Nevada, Dr. Virden was better known as “Coach Virden.” Football has been a big part of Dr. Virden’s life. He played Pop Warner football in Whittier, CA, and for the Sierra High School Spartans. He then went on to play college football for Rio Hondo College where he was named “1st Team All-Conference Wide Receiver.” Dr. Virden then transferred to prestigious Occidental College and was voted to the All-SCIAC 1st team as a receiver. His senior season he was one of the leading wide receivers among the nation’s small colleges. He averaged nearly 8 receptions per game and 112 yards per game. This earned him the Most Valuable Player award. Dr. Virden has always felt that athletics and competition have played a pivotal role in developing his attitude and work ethic.
After completing his medical degree from the prestigious Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. Virden began a long and grueling career as a general surgery resident and then took on additional training to become a plastic surgeon. During his residency, he steered his own 3 boys to the football field to enjoy with them the joy of football. Dr. Virden served as the assistant coach to his son Matthew’s team while finishing his residency at the UC San Diego Medical Center. There, he coached for the Rancho Bernardo Pop Warner League. Dr. Virden then moved to Reno to begin his own private practice. He was assistant coach to his middle son, Tyler’s, teams in the Reno Pop Warner divisions. “I felt it was important to be a part of my sons’ experiences and to enjoy teaching the teamwork and the rewards of dedication and careful mastery of fundamentals,” Coach Virden says.
When his youngest son, Trent, began football at the age of 7, Dr. Virden took over as the head coach of the Reno Pop Warner Wolfpack. This core group of young men had an unbelievable run over the next 10 years. “Families became life-long friends, the love of those years and the memories are priceless to us all.” He had a super group of assistant coaches, who were also dads, enjoying the boys. Coaches like Mike York, Mike Talbott, Mike Stewart, Bob Davies, Dave Lundy, Joe Matthews, Steve Reed, Todd Roberts, Zianne Vasquez and Darwin English. “These men and women were tremendous character developers and great role models for our young men, I will always be grateful to have had these years together with them.” Over the first 7 years, the Wolfpack garnered quite reputation, winning the Pop Warner League Coach Virden Championship in every year they competed. They amassed a record of 63-3. Winning 4 Snow Bowl championships, 2 Pacific Northwest Regional championships, and 2 well-deserved trips to the Pop Warner Super Bowl, where they took 3rd place in the nation and completed a 5-2 record in nationally competed games. Dr. Virden was twice named Pop Warner Coach of the Year.
When his core group of the Wolfpack joined the already acclaimed McQueen High School in Reno’s Northwest area, Dr. Virden was invited to join the McQueen Football staff where he has coached the last several years. His “pack” became Lancers and went on in their 4 years to have 3 undefeated seasons as freshman, JV’s and seniors. As juniors they went 12-2 losing to Bishop Gorman High School in the Nevada 4-A State Championship. This incredible group of young men at McQueen went on to become the 2008 Nevada 4A State Champions with a perfect 14-0 season. Dr. Virden worked as the assistant coach with the talented staff of Ken Dalton, Jim Snelling, Greg Baxter, Mark Zimmerman and Carl Lagrone. “It was so fitting to see these young men receive the prize they so worked for, defeating an extremely talented and undefeated Palo Verde team from Las Vegas.” Dr. Virden has had the pleasure to have coached All-State players, All Northern Division players and All League players. All in all, the coaches and players that have been affiliated with Dr. Virden have amassed an astounding record of 107-6. Dr. Virden has also put his share of sutures in these athletes over the years.
If you’re serious about improving your image and ready to meet with Dr. Virden for a complete evaluation, request a consultation online now. You can also schedule an appointment by calling (775) 348-9798.