Gregg Longacre, who has spent the past 34 seasons in the Fairdale High School basketball program as a player, assistant coach and head coach, announced his retirement from coaching Wednesday.
Longacre spent the past nine seasons as the Bulldogs’ head coach, posting a 147-121 record and winning the Sixth Region championship in 2007.
The 1984 Fairdale graduate won a regional title as a player in 1983 and was an assistant coach for the Bulldogs’ state championship teams in 1990, ’91 and ’94. He took over as head coach in 2005.
In a news release, Longacre said retiring was “the toughest decision I have ever had to make. … It was always my dream to coach at Fairdale, and I got to live that dream.”
Principal Brad Weston said Longacre will serve as an assistant athletic director at the school.
“We simply can’t afford to lose such an intricate part of our community and athletic programs,” Weston said.
Athletic director Ernest Smith said the school is accepting applications for a new coach.
* Mercy basketball coach Keith Baisch said junior Malerie Martin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during Saturday’s 55-47 loss to Butler in the Sixth Region Tournament final.
Martin went down in the first quarter, returned briefly in the second quarter and then exited for good. The 6-foot junior averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds and was a first-team All-Sixth Region selection. She is expected to return for her senior season, Baisch said.
* Trinity cross country coach Chad Waggoner has been selected to attend the Gatorade Partnership Summit April 10-11 in Chicago. Waggoner, one of 200 coaches and athletes invited, was chosen because of his role as a coach and the director of the prestigious Trinity Invitational.
* The St. Xavier baseball team is ranked No. 31 in the nation by USA Today and No. 50 by Baseball America. The Tigers will open their season Friday, hosting Bethlehem at 6 p.m.