We are pleased to recognize North Salem High School boys soccer coach Rich Swartzentruber. He is the Greater Valley Conference Boys Soccer Coach of the Year for 2017.

The School Board honored Coach Swartzentruber with a Spotlight on Success award at its board meeting last week.

North Salem made it to the third round of the state playoffs in soccer this year. In those three games, they never trailed an opponent until falling to Grant 2-1 in overtime.

Winning the GVC Coach of the Year Award is special because coaches in the league vote on who will be selected. But Rich said the award is not really about him.

“When you win a coach’s award, it’s about your players,” he said. “It was really a special bunch of kids, and a special year.”

Along with coaching, Rich taught science at North Salem for 25 years. He retired two years ago, but decided to stay on as head soccer coach because the program had a group of talented sophomores he wanted to coach through their senior year.

He is deciding if he’s going to retire from coaching next fall. Whatever he decides, one thing is certain – Rich will continue supporting North Salem High School however he can.

He is currently teaching as a substitute full time at North Salem for a science teacher who is out of leave. He is very loyal to the Viking community.

Congratulations Coach Swartzentruber for being honored by your peers as GVC Coach of the Year, and thank you for all you do for students and the community.