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Hetrick new EF athletic director

| Friday, June 23, 2006

Elizabeth Forward High went to college for its new athletic director.

Kerry Hetrick, who was the director of athletics and student life at Community College of Allegheny County-South in West Mifflin for eight years, landed a three-year contract at this week's school board meeting.

"He was head and shoulders above everyone else," said EF school board president Walt Gibbons. "He's a workaholic and we're really looking forward to working with him."

Hetrick, 37, was among 88 applicants for the job which opened when Frank Vulcano took the same post at Chartiers Valley several months ago.

Long-time McGuffey athletic director Larry Rawlins came out of retirement to serve as Elizabeth's interim AD.

Besides serving as CCAC's athletic director, Hetrick also was a highly successful baseball coach.

He won 285 games in seven seasons (1995-2001) with five Western Pennsylvania Coll-egiate Conference titles and four Pennsylvania Junior College state championships.

"This is another step in my life," said Hetrick. "I know there are long hours involved but there are a lot of rewards like getting to watch young people grow and knowing you're going to make an impact on their lives.

A Turtle Creek High and LaRoche College graduate, Hetrick will get his master's degree in sports management at Indiana University in August.

Residing in Trafford, Hetrick is married. He and his wife, Carrie, have two sons: Kevin, 13 and Jordan, 5.

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