Track team gets new head coach
With the Whitehall track and field team set to begin practice for their upcoming season this week, new head coach Adam Konsavage is excited to keep the program strong and moving in the right direction.
Konsavage, who was hired as the head coach last summer, brings a wealth of experience to the position. He is a 2009 graduate of Blue Mountain High School where he was a member of the football and track and field teams. He later attended Millersville University where he continued his track and field career. His was a thrower, specifically the javelin, for the Marauders, and that’s what eventually brought him to Whitehall where he coached the throwers for the last two years. Before that, he was an assistant throwing coach for his alma mater, Blue Mountain.
Konsavage takes over a program that was previously led by James Sebesta whose coaching career spanned twenty-five years. Konsavage said that it’s important to keep building on what Sebesta established at Whitehall, and he’s eager to maintain that tradition as he begins his tenure as head coach. His time spent as an assistant also gave him the opportunity to witness the hard work and commitment from everyone involved with the program.
“I saw what Whitehall track and field was all about, and I would like to keep it going,” said Konsavage.
Konsavage described himself as a “hard-nosed player who likes to win.” He said he’s going to bring that mindset with him every time he steps onto the track. Even if they don’t place in a particular event, he wants everyone to compete to the best of their ability.
“It’s important that we give our best effort at all times,” said Konsavage.
Konsavage said that message includes everyone, from the athletes to the coaching staff.
Konsavage’s work with the throwers resulted in some great success as Tyler Myers, Jackson Buskirk and Lucas Souders established themselves as some of the best throwers in the district. Myers was the 2017 EPC and district champ in the discus, while Buskirk was a two-time district qualifier, and Souders earned a D-11 berth as a freshman.
On the girls side, he also helped Logan Miller who’s now been a three-time district qualifier in the javelin, while Jada Britland earned a trip to the district tourney for the first time last season.
While Konsavage said that the throwing events were his specialty, he has knowledge of all the disciplines and is eager to put his imprint on the program.
Konsavage said that he was initially a baseball player in the spring while growing up, but made the transition to track and field once his best friend opted to go out for the team in middle school. Once he got that taste of success, he became convinced that track and field was where he belonged. He learned that the sport allowed him to compete and have fun at the same time.
He also liked the individual aspect of the sport. Success or failure depends solely on the individual, and that means you’re always competing against yourself. But while it’s an individual endeavor, Konsavage said that it’s still wrapped up in a team sport. So whether someone’s a relay runner where teamwork is crucial, or a pole vaulter who’s trying to place to get points in a meet, everyone contributes to personal and team goals during a competition.
Konsavage said that track also offers the opportunity for lots of kids to get involved. With 18 events, the likelihood that someone will find something they like or excel at is much greater than a lot of sports offered scholastically.
“There’s so many opportunities in the sport to be successful,” said Konsavage.