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Jim Herlinger begins his third year as head coach of the Lady Cat track team. The 2009 team began the turn around of the struggling program. Competing in four invitational track meets, the program had one individual qualifier for the WVIAC Championships.
The 2010 team added four indoor invitationals to the four outdoor invitational meets, qualifying eight team members in 13 events for the WVIAC Championships. Along the way, the team broke one indoor school record and two outdoor school records. At the conference championships, every qualifying member placed or scored a personal-best time.
The 2011 squad looks to continue the improvement, as the team will expand the roster to include competitors in events not represented in meets.
Herlinger began his coaching career at Pitt-Johnstown in 1974 as an assistant coach to Clyde Horner with the men's soccer team after graduating from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education. One year later, Herlinger took over the reins of the program when Horner focused on developing the Pitt-Johnstown women's basketball program.
Herlinger left Pitt Johnstown in 1976 and returned to Slippery Rock to pursue his master's degree in Physical Education and assist Hall of Fame soccer coach Jim Egli.
Herlinger, a 1970 graduate of Richland High School, has more than 35 years of soccer coaching experience on every level from recreation and travel clubs to high school and college. He started boys and girls high school programs in both Virginia and North Carolina and was one of the co-founders of the first youth soccer program in the Greater Johnstown area. That program developed into Region 142 of the AYSO. Collegiately, Herlinger was the head soccer coach and men’s athletic director at Wheeling (WV) College from 1981-83, the assistant head coach at Division I Appalachian State (NC) University in 1980-81 and an assistant coach at Gannon University from 1984-86.
Herlinger also coached tennis at Warren Wilson in 1979, was an assistant coach with the Nottoway High School (VA) and West Johnston wrestling programs from 1996-2006, and coached football at Nottoway in 1996 and 1999.
In 2004, Herlinger
stepped out of coaching when asked to take over an administrative role as Testing Coordinator at a high school in North Carolina.
Two years later, Herlinger moved back north to assist with the care of his aging parents. Richland High School’s football field, Herlinger Field, was named after his late father.
has two grown sons, Logan and Gabriel, who both reside in Pittsburgh.
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