Gretencord hired

Mark Gretencord added football to his coaching resume after he was hired to replace Sam Zachery this week.

WOLCOTT — Mark Gretencord will have little time to himself during the 2019-2020 school year.

Gretencord, who teaches at Tri-County High School and is the head boys’ basketball coach, has agreed to add the football head coaching job to his busy resume.

Gretencord was approved as football coach during a board meeting this week, said TCHS athletic director Jeff LeBeau.

“With coach Gretencord, we know what we’re getting,” LeBeau said. “He’s moved up in the system the last several years and has great familiarity with our student/athletes. He saw this as another opportunity to work with our student/athletes at Tri-County.”

Gretencord replaces Sam Zachery, who took a teaching job and filled the boys’ basketball job at North Newton. Gretencord served as an assistant to Zachery the past two years.

“He’s a Tri-County graduate who takes great pride in Tri-County sports,” LeBeau said of Gretencord, who served as an assistant to LeBeau in the baseball program a few years ago. “We were concerned about his well-being mentally and physically since he will be coaching both football and basketball, but he sees it as a challenge and is looking forward to it.”

LeBeau also announced the hire of Jennifer Dawson as volleyball coach. A graduate of TCHS, Dawson replaces Andrea Gretencord on the sideline.

Dawson’s daughter Avery is a member of the Cavaliers’ roster.

“We feel she will be a great addition to our coaching staff,” LeBeau said. “She had a plan and she’s ready to execute it.”

It’s been a busy summer for LeBeau, who devoted the past several weeks finding replacements for the fall sports season.

“We were definitely getting to crunch time,” LeBeau said. “But we feel we’ve got to candidates who will put in the time and effort to help our students/athletes succeed.”