CARROLL TOWNSHIP – For the past 18 years, Scott Frederick has been the Ringgold High boys’ track coach.
Before that he was the coach of the school’s girls’ track team.
Today Frederick has a new title.
He will be the first boys’ and girls’ track coordinator in the school’s history after being hired at Wednesday’s Ringgold School Board meeting by a 9-0 vote at a salary of $4,526.
‘I feel great to have the opportunity,’ said Frederick. ‘My immediate goal is to enhance the number of participants.’
Last year, Ringgold finished the campaign with 12 girls and 21 boys.
‘I’d like to have over 20 girls and would feel more comfortable with 30 boys,’ he said.
Ringgold’s teams compete in a section with Baldwin, Bethel Park, Canon-McMillan, Mt. Lebanon, Trinity and Upper St. Clair.
Despite his 26 years of coaching, the job will be a little different.
‘There will be more responsibility training the boys and girls together,’ he said. ‘I had to do it somewhat last year when Ramont Small (girls’ coach) had to quit in the middle of the season because of a new job commitment.’
Frederick isn’t planning staff changes.
‘I’m hoping my assistants return,’ he said.
They include Jen LeJeune McMichael (distance), Sean Burke (shot put and discus) and Kay Gasper (javelin and long and triple jumps).
‘I’m working with the sprinters and need a coach for the pole vault and high jump,’ he said.
Besides getting more youngsters on the team, Frederick would like to increase interest in the sport in the area.
‘I’d like to host a Mon Valley Classic with all the area schools being invited,’ he said.
Frederick is presently coaching the cross-country team.
‘We have 43 boys and girls,’ he said. ‘It’s the most we ever had.’