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Publication Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Longtime Woodside High soccer coach Dave Crevelt dies in Thanksgiving Day car accident Longtime Woodside High soccer coach Dave Crevelt dies in Thanksgiving Day car accident (November 30, 2005)

By David Boyce

Almanac Staff Writer

Funeral services are set for Wednesday morning for David Crevelt, former longtime soccer coach at Woodside High School and an alumni of the school, who died in a car accident on Thanksgiving night, November 24, on a rainy road in unincorporated Alameda County.

The flag is being flown at half-mast through the week at the high school, where Mr. Crevelt coached until spring 2004.

Mr. Crevelt, 47, a resident of Livermore, and his nephew James Gurevich, 17, of Simi Valley, were passengers in a 1998 Lincoln Town Car being driven "at a high rate of speed" by another nephew, Joseph Ingenluyff, 21, of Nevada, said Sgt. Wayne Ziese of the California Highway Patrol.

The car left the road after the driver "failed to observe two sharp 90-degree curves" and went over a slight embankment, overturned, hit a concrete pillar and then slammed, roof-first, into a house, Sgt. Ziese said.

The car's occupants were killed instantly. The accident is under investigation, but there were "no obvious signs of intoxication," he added.

A vigil is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, at St. Pius Catholic Church at 1100 Woodside Road in Redwood City. The funeral will follow at the church at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 30, said Mr. Crevelt's brother, John Crevelt, who manages Krefeld's Awards of Redwood City.

Mr. Crevelt first volunteered as coach of the Woodside High boys' varsity soccer team in 1986; he stayed for 18 years, which included eight playoff berths for the team and a varsity championship in the 2003-04 season.

For a time, he announced the play-by-play for football and basketball games at the school, said Mary Jordan, the administrative assistant for the instructional vice principal.

"The kids really liked him," said Wanda Patane, an assistant to one of the administrative vice-principals. "He loved the kids; he loved helping them."

"(Woodside) wasn't just coaching to him. It was a family," Principal Linda Common said. "He always wanted to have a successful team, successful coaches and successful facilities."

Johan Lyssand, who graduated from Woodside High in 1993 and took over for Mr. Crevelt for a few seasons, remarked on his style: "He always brought in people who he knew and coached and just made it like a nice family," he said. "It was nice to have that sort of influence to bring in people who really cared about Woodside. I know he did."

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