It would be hard to find someone getting more out of life than Emily Grugan.
The 2006 Padua Academy graduate is in her first year as head basketball coach at her alma mater, after four years as an assistant. In the spring, she will enter her season year as the Pandas’ tennis coach. She also has assisted with the field hockey team.
And she recently completed classes at Widener Law School. Grugan will take the bar exam in July, in hopes of launching a career in corporate law.
“It is challenging,” Grugan said Thursday, after her seventh-ranked Pandas rallied for a 40-30 win at St. Mark’s. “I had to schedule my time. I felt like a player again, though. I had class, I had practice, then I had study time.”
It’s just an extension of her busy high school and college days. Grugan had success in field hockey, basketball and tennis, serving as Padua’s point guard during the glory days when the Pandas went against St. Elizabeth teams led by Khadijah Rushdan and Ursuline teams led by Elena Delle Donne and current St. Mark’s girls basketball coach Kayla Miller.
“Mentally, I would never burn out of a sport because right when I was getting there, it was time to switch seasons,” Grugan said.
She went on to play tennis for four years at Division I Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland, finishing her career with 32 singles wins and 38 doubles victories. She also played basketball for the Mountaineers as a sophomore.
Then she returned home and went right into coaching all three sports. Grugan started Padua’s tennis program from scratch three years ago.
“When I was in high school, we didn’t have a tennis team,” she said. “I really wanted Padua to have one.
“My family runs [Bellevue] tennis club. Court time is hard to get, so we could donate the courts and start a program. We had 31 girls come out the first year; it was awesome.”
This winter, she has guided the Pandas’ basketball team to a 6-2 start going into Friday’s game at Glasgow.
“Coaching is fun,” Grugan said. “It’s a lot harder than I thought as a player. It’s a lot more thinking, and that’s what I like. Being the point guard, I always thought I had to do extra thinking anyway.”
Grugan enjoys the challenge of putting together practices that keep her players motivated, and she has no plans to stop – no matter where a law career may take her.
“I want to do this as long as possible,” she said. “I’m used to always managing my time, so I know I won’t let it be a problem. I love this so much, I plan to be here for a long time.”
•The top-ranked Smyrna wrestling team racked up six individual titles and easily won the inaugural Eagle Classic, hosted by Smyrna over the weekend.
The Eagles got wins from Chase Archangelo (113 pounds), Dakota Kerr (132), Kalen Wilson (152), Eli Hutchinson (160), Ronnie Wuest (170) and Marquelle Bennett (195). Milford finished second behind wins from Cameron Hayes (106), Alex Creasey (126) and Bart Dalious (138). Riley Montgomery took the 220-pound title for Salesianum.
•Sussex Tech (228), Polytech (225½), Sussex Central (203½) and Woodbridge (151) swept the top four places at the 13-team Bob Rowe Memorial Classic in Salisbury, Md. Delaware wrestlers won 12 of the 14 weight classes, led by Polytech’s Austin Price (106), Andy Schmeusser (120), Josh Price (138), Austin Rains (170) and Mark Mullnack (220). Donnie Tingle (113), Riley Parker (182) and Ryan Parker (195) won for Sussex Tech. Tyreq Nelson (145) and Lucas Monson (152) won for Woodbridge, Rashad Stratton (126) won for Sussex Central, and Brian Thomson (160) won for Lake Forest.
•Middletown topped an 18-team field at the Battle at the Bridge tournament at Bohemia Manor High in Chesapeake City, Maryland. The Cavaliers got individual victories from Carter McClung (160), Erich Schneider (182) and Devin Steele (220).
•St. Georges, Sanford and St. Mark’s had a tough time at the prestigious Virginia Duals in Hampton, Virginia. St. Georges went 0-3, losing to Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey) 60-12, Independence (West Virginia) 54-15 and New Kent (Virginia) 43-33. Sanford was 1-2, falling to Haddonfield (New Jersey) 43-25 and Princess Anne (Virginia) 39-29 before defeating Camden Catholic (New Jersey) 34-23. St. Mark’s went 1-2 against three Virginia opponents, opening with a 38-31 win over Smithfield before falling to Matoaca 49-28 and Westfield 49-26.
Rounding it up
•The Christiana boys basketball team (4-5) had a solid week behind the versatile play of senior guard-forward Tyquan Hudson. The 6-footer had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a 74-45 win over Caravel; 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a 78-65 victory over Tower Hill and 17 points in a 72-57 loss to St. Georges.
•Delaware Military Academy is seeking head coaches for girls lacrosse and golf. Send a letter of interest and resume to athletic director Michael Ryan at email@example.com.
•Glasgow is seeking a head coach for football cheerleading. Send resumes to athletic director Jeremy Jeanne at firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 19.
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