Ross Kershey, a longtime teacher and coach at Coatesville High School, will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Track and Field Hall of Fame on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the indoor state track championships at Penn State, writes George Von Benko for the Uniontown Herald-Standard.
It will be the fifth different Hall of Fame that Kershey, 85, has entered. He is known more for the 28 years he spent coaching basketball at Coatesville, where the gymnasium is named after him.
“I stopped coaching track and field in 1974, and it’s been quite a long time, but the organization for track and field has only been in existence 10 or 12 years,” Kershey said. “So perhaps they are trying to catch up with old times.”
During his 14 years as the Red Raiders’ track coach, he compiled a dual meet record of 103-1.
“Coatesville kids were track nuts,” Kershey said. “In my 14 years as head track coach, we lost one track meet. We were 103-1! McCaskey High School in Lancaster was the only team that beat us. We beat them on the track, but they killed us in the field events.”
Although Kershey retired from teaching full time in 1998, he has remained in the classroom. He currently teaches U.S. History at Immaculata University.
Click here to read more about Ross Kershey’s inducted into the Pennsylvania Track and Field Hall of Fame in the Uniontown Herald-Standard and the former Coatesville High School coach and teacher’s life story on COATESVILLE Today here.