MIDDLETOWN – Many exciting things are happening on the MHS campus this summer, and athletics are gearing up for an exciting fall season too.
This August, a number of familiar faces will be on the sidelines again for Middletown, and the Middies’ also welcome three new varsity head coaches who are eager to begin installing their gameplan too.
Second-year head coach Seth Fair returns in 2017 to lead the Lady Middies varsity tennis team, while he has also taken over duties coaching the boys program starting in the spring of 2018.
Fair teaches math at Middletown Middle School.
Assisting Coach Fair this fall is veteran assistant coach Kristi Henn.
Henn boasts an impressive coaching resume, and the staff is adamant about continuing the installation of fundamental skill improvement which was the foundation of their leadership last season.
“Both the boys and girls teams are in a similar spot developmentally, so our goals for each aren’t much different,” said Fair.
“Other successful tennis programs in our league have an amazing team bond. That cohesion is something we’d like to establish in Middletown also.
“Our philosophy during both competitive seasons will focus on the same principles. Our mental and physical preparation is extremely important, and generating more participation is also an important factor in our long-term success.”
MMS science teacher Katie Leist becomes the new head coach for the varsity girls golf team.
Leist has earned well-deserved recognition for her leadership in the classroom, and she brings the same effort into her coaching.
Leist is also a graduate of The Ohio State University.
Last fall, Leist established the first-edition of club golf at MMS. Her expectation is that exposure at the middle school level we feed continued participation at MHS.
“I’m excited to lead the Lady Middies golf team this season,” said Leist. “Our focus will be to teach the fundamental skills of golf, while also establishing a culture of consistent success.”
The third newcomer to the Middletown athletic staff is Jeff Grosnik. The first-year Middie head coach will guide the bowling program during the 2017-18 season.
Grosnik currently works professionally in the private sector and graduated from Western Kentucky University.
“We’re excited to return a number of veterans to our coaching staff this school year, while also welcoming some exciting newcomers too,” said athletic director Aaron Zupka.
“Coach Fair, Leist, and Gosnik are wonderful additions to the Middie family, and will be great leaders for our student-athletes.
“Middletown has a rich athletic tradition. We’ll continue to celebrate our past, while we’re also projecting an exciting and successful athletic campaign this school year.”
Good luck to all Middie fall sports as they begin preseason preparation for the 2017 season.