Coach of the Year
The Daily Item’s 2012 Coach of the Year honors are shared this year, but not by coaches from different teams.
Taking the honors are Ryan McGuire and Mike Stebila, the co-coaches at Selinsgrove, who directed the Seals to a 16-1 record and the Heartland-I title.
“It was a very satisfying season with many memorable moments. We went out with some high goals and we worked hard to accomplish them,” said McGuire. “We have never won a league championship before. This was the first in school history.”
Selinsgrove went on to finish second to Danville in both the HAC meet (31-85) and the District 4 meet (29-77), the latter earning the Seals a trip to states, where they finished 19th.
“We are hoping to build on this season. We have some talented seniors graduating, but we feel that the success of this season will spill over to our underclassmen and we think they will want to continue to work to be at the top,” said McGuire. “Our goal is to build each year and be competitive each year.”
One of the keys to Selinsgrove’s success this year was the performances of senior Kelsey Ulrich, a first-team All-Star, as well as junior Bri Carnathan, a second-team honoree.
Both runners set individual records this year for the Seals.
“It was great to see Kelsey and our other runners have success this year,” said McGuire. “They have worked hard (many of them for years) to do what they did this year.
“Mike and I just plan on doing what we have been doing, and continue to motivate the kids to be the best they can be,” added McGuire. “We are looking forward to having our returners back to see where they can go. Hopefully we can see more records fall and keep our program at a high level.”