Honor Thy Coaches George School teammates, colleagues, and friends will come together to celebrate four legendary George School coaches — Anne LeDuc, Robert Geissinger, John Gleeson ’65, and David Satterthwaithe ’65 — at a series of special events this year. The activities will culminate in the formal dedication of the new Cougar Field and Cougar Track facilities on Saturday of Alumni Weekend, May 12, 2012.
Anne LeDuc resident of Moorestown, A New Jersey and a graduate of Moorestown Friends School as well as Rollins College and Columbia University Teachers College, Anne served as girls’ athletic director from 1962 to 1993 and coached field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and swimming. Since retiring, she has volunteered on several George School fundraising campaigns. “I am very excited about the campaign for new fitness and athletic facilities. Everything George School is planning is badly needed and overdue, though, as a former field hockey coach, I have a special place in my heart for the new turf field. The plan for a new indoor fitness and athletics facility doesn’t cut corners, but it isn’t extravagant either. From the outside of the building to what’s inside— offices, lockers, gyms, a wrestling center—everything is going to help George School, and it will fit in with the rest of the campus. One of the great things about the school is that it is well rounded. It has a beautiful campus with other wonderful facilities, but the athletic facilities have lagged behind. The new ones will benefit not only the students but also the faculty, parents, the whole community. ”
John Gleeson ’65 John has done it all at George School. He’s been a student; English teacher; football, baseball, and, for one year, lacrosse coach; Orton head; department chair; SAGE founder and sponsor; and parent of two graduates, Maura ’94 and Dylan ’11. He joined the faculty four years after graduating, earning a BA from Haverford and MA from Dartmouth.
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“I think football is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about themselves. Over the years, some teams have been very successful and some have struggled with fewer wins, but the lessons learned are very similar. I’m proud of how successful my players have become. On the football team Facebook page, former players write about going on to bigger and better things. It’s very satisfying to know that some of their growth took place on the football field. I’ve had students who played at college say it wasn’t the same—that it was more of a business, without the fraternal bonding that happened here. It’s great to see how many of the players are still close to one another.”
David Satterthwaite ’65 David has played many roles at George School. After getting his BA from Earlham College (followed by a master’s in education from Temple), David returned to George School in 1970, where he served as a Spanish teacher, department chair, cross-country and track coach, athletic director, and alumni director. His three daughters, Lisa ’92, Laura ’99, and Virginia ’04, are fourth-generation George School graduates. “One of the reasons I wanted to come back to George School was so that I could coach as well
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