Dave Bessler, who was twice dismissed as girls' volleyball coach at Van Nuys High, has been rehired to coach the team in a controversial move by the school.
Bessler coached the Wolves in 1996, when they were banned from the City Section playoffs for using an ineligible player, a punishment that ultimately led to his forced resignation and Van Nuys being banned from the 1997 playoffs.
Bessler was rehired and briefly coached the team in 1997, but was fired in February 1998 by former principal Russ Thompson.
Bessler's recent rehiring, in which he was the only candidate, angered Greg Wah, who promptly resigned as girls' basketball and boys' volleyball coach at Van Nuys. Wah has accepted a teaching position at Portola Middle School in Tarzana.