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April 13, 2013

Harold Raker's high school track column: Coach enjoying new digs

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The seed for coach Baylor was sewn while she was in college, where she knew she wanted to coach or enter the health field. She majored in exercise science.

"An opportunity came available to work with the Bucknell team and it was a very tough decision," she said.

As a Green Dragon, when she was Aimee Gerlinski, she won the District 4 Class AA championship in the 400, taking eighth in the state meet. She also qualified for states in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. She was the league champ in the 800.

Later, she also ran competitively in distance races.

She no longer does that, but she credits the training with teaching her a lot about training methods for women, the science behind it and the sport in general, she said.

Her coach was Susquehanna University head coach Marty Owens. She said she learned a lot from Owens and fellow coach Jack Daniels.

"Since then I've kind of been a sponge, trying to soak it all in and taking some USTAF classes," she said.

She also benefited from working with Clark. "When I got married and moved back to Lewisburg, I contacted Clark and he needed an assistant. He's been my biggest mentor and supporter, encouraging me to further my passion of coaching at the next level."

Baylor, Clark and Faust, the only coaches on the staff for years, worked well together.

"We very much tried to maximize the potential of every girl. It was very challenging taking 14-year-olds who had never experienced track and field," she said, adding that her sport differs from most in that there are no youth leagues for them to learn.

The staff prided itself in finding the right events for the girls to help them achieve success, she said.

"The teenage years can be rough and in the ups and downs of an individual sport, successes and failures can be very taxing. We are much more than coaches. A lot of the job is counselor and motivator, teaching kids to believe in themselves, to never give up, get back up after disappointments, give your best at all times and to have fun is what we tried to teach them, along with the athletic training." she said.

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