BY TAYLOR BRITT ON APRIL 17, 2014
40-year old athletes still in high school... Rose teacher has-beens reminisce on the glory days, when they were high school athletes. Rose’s student body is full of many different types of athletes. Are teachers a type of athlete at Rose too?
Every high school has its share of jocks and star athletes who rule the yearbook superlatives, but do people ever wonder how they feel about it 20 years later?
“I played many different positions and sports in high school, computer teacher Norm Cabacar said. “I miss every minute of it; my teammates were like my brothers.”
The current Rose volleyball coach, played football, basketball, baseball and recreation volleyball. Cabacar’s football and baseball teams were conference champions his senior year.
Cabacar is not the only teacher with a victorious past. There are a multitude of teachers who also played sports at their high schools and accomplished much to bring pride to their schools.
"I miss everything about hockey; the way the ice smells, skating, my team, etc,” social studies teacher Brian Callahan said. My favorite part was the brutal playing and wrestling on the ice.”
Callahan played hockey for the majority of his life and was a part of a championship team his junior year. He played forward for his team and was on the JV and varsity team.
"The scores, points, times, records, all the numbered stuff is all forgotten now but the jokes, laughter, and good times with friends will never fade in my mind," art teacher Randall Leach said.
Leach also a diverse athlete was on the football, basketball, and track team. Leach explains how much he misses his “brothers” and how important being on a team was to him.
Assistant principal Richard Hutchinson was an extremely successful athlete in high school. He was on the cross country, basketball, wrestling, and track team. Hutchinson’s freshman year and sophomore year his wrestling team were regional runner-up winners. For wrestling he went to state all four years and then he was captain his junior and senior year for wrestling. Hutchinson’s basketball team his 12th grade we were regional champs and ranked 3rd in the state. Hutch says he was the “7th man” on his basketball team and was the one the coach needed to hustle, shut down point guards, or finish a game.
“I mostly miss my coaches and competing for something with the five guys i grew up with, spending every day together doing something we love,” Hutchinson said.
These teachers are not the only superstar has-beens at Rose. Spanish teacher Ashley Smith was on the track team, P.E. coach Mark Johnson was a championship winning basketball star, math teacher Tim Dameron was an all-time leading scorer on his high school soccer team and English teacher Julie Harris was on the swim team.
“Rose is packed full of new and old talent,” Cabacar said.