Tom Cecchetti may be ending a 36-year career as a popular physical education teacher in Kane, but he isn’t quite ready to give up coaching track.
“I plan on being the boys’ track coach again next spring,” Cecchetti said as he winds up his career as a high school teacher and school district athletic director.
“I still have that passion to watch our kids excel,” he said. “I love to watch our kids progress. I’m definitely hooked.”
Cecchetti has built a reputation as one the most successful high school track coaches in Pennsylvania.
In his 35 years as the boys’ track coach, Kane has won 12 district championships, including this year. Cecchetti has coached Kane athletes who have won nine gold medals in the state championship track and field meet.
Patrick Anderson, a graduating senior, recently won his second consecutive state championship in the pole vault.
Along with his longtime friend and veteran Kane girls’ track coach Jim Sirianni, Cecchetti coached the former Amy Rudolph. A Kane High graduate, she is a former national high school champion distance runner and two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team.
While he no longer will be teaching classes, Cecchetti said his role as a teacher is far from over.
“There’s a lot of teaching in coaching,” Cecchetti said.
He said coaches are students themselves.
“A coach has to understand that you haven’t learned everything,” Cecchetti said. “There’s always something more to learn. If you don’t have this frame of mind, you’re going backwards as a coach.”
Cecchetti, who is the son of the late Joe and Shirley Cecchetti of Kane, has been involved in Kane athletics virtually his entire life.
He is a 1971 graduate of Kane Area High School where he played football, basketball and was a pole-vaulter on the track team. He also was a member of the National Honor Society.
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