Brian Stum, son of longtime Indian coach Bob Stum, was approved by the Waynesboro school board on Tuesday night this needs to be verified.
"Dad told me that next year will be the 50th year for soccer at Waynesboro," Brian said. "To me, that's pretty exciting. This was sort of on my bucket list of things I wanted to do, and the stars just happened to be lined up."
In 1963, it was Bob Stum who started the Waynesboro program. He coached for 35 years and amassed a record of 283-237 (.544), including numerous titles in the former Blue Mountain League. He resigned after the 1996 season.
Brian Stum, who played for his father, has been heavily involved in the youth soccer programs in Waynesboro and is counting on his familiarity with the players to give him a good start.
"I've coached these kids, especially the group who will be juniors next year, at various levels before," Stum said. "We'll be in the (CPYSL) Premier League this spring and we're going to three college showcase tournaments, too."
The youth program is where Stum hopes to rebuild the foundation for the high school team.
"I don't want to measure success at the youth levels by wins and losses, so the culture has to change," he said. "We need to teach the coaches how to coach and what we want taught at each level, so there is a good progression. Ideally, we want a better (high school) program that doesn't have hills and valleys, but is sustainable."
TOURNEY TIME: The individual wrestling postseason begins Saturday with all five area Mid Penn Conference teams entered in the Section I Class AAA Tournament at Mechanicsburg.
Chambersburg, Shippensburg, Greencastle-Antrim and Waynesboro are joined by James Buchanan, which has been in Class AA for the past few years.
Wrestling begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The top three finishers in each weight class advance to the District 3 Tournament, which is Feb. 22-23 at HersheyPark Arena.
MAKING THE CUT: Swimmers around the district will discover who made the cut for the District 3-AAA championships this weekend.
This is the first year automatic qualification times have been set for the district, and the first time Class AAA will accept 32 swimmers for individual events.
For the Chambersburg, both relays hope to qualify for the 200 medley and the 200 free. The Trojans boys include Bryton Zook, Chandler Johnson, Michael Gyurisin and Andrew Leeper, while the girls team features Abby Stauffer, Kylee Metz, Karlee Metz and Lauren Ellis.
Zook has an automatic qualification in the 100 breaststroke and is close for the 200 IM, while Johnson may be entered into the 100 fly and the 200 free.
Stauffer made the cut for the 200 IM and could be in the 100 breaststroke. Karlee Metz and Ellis are near the cut in the 500 free, with Ellis also has a chance to qualify in the 200 free.