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Dale Meddock

Coaching ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

Maybe there is a lesson about coaching in the success story of Dale Meddock. Although he was never a gymnast himself, he compiled the best coaching record in Beaver County athletic history as coach of the famous Ambridge High School gymnastic squads from 1971 to 1984. During that time his amazing Bridgers won 187 dual meets while losing only one to Butler. No other Beaver County coach has come close to that record in any sport. Ambridge High School gym teams coached by Dale won 12 straight WPIAL titles from 1973 to 1984 and eight consecutive PIAA state championships after the sport was recognized on that level in 1977. Although Ambridge High had no formal gym team in 1985, Coach Meddock took five athletes to the state meet and they placed second. Believe it or not, Dale said that he got his start as a gymnastics coach by accident. It all started when Dave Repp, an eighth grader in one of his physical education classes at Baden-Economy Junior High School, liked gymnastics so much that he asked to go to a meet at Washington & Jefferson College. Dale obliged and from then on he and his athletes learned the sport together. Im a better man today because of them, he said modestly. Dale is proudest of the fact that most of his gymnasts went on to successful college careers. Dale also coached gymnastics at the Rochester Turners and the Ambridge Turners. He graduated from Warren High School in 1956 and from Slippery Rock State College in 1960.