New trainers, coaches join athletic teams

Mariah Swisher- Staff Writer

The 2013-2014 school year sparks the start of a new beginning for two new athletic trainers and multiple new coaches. Last year Hayes lost its athletic trainer, Todd Peterson, who had been with the students for many years. Since Peterson left Hayes, two new trainers have arrived, Amy Evans and Maggie Krauza. Both are from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Sports Medicine.

“I am excited to be one of the new athletic trainers at Delaware Hayes,” Evans said. “This is my first experience working in the high school setting and I’m looking forward to working in a new environment than what I have worked in, in the past.”

Evans went on to say that she is “[eager] to work with all the student athletes, coaches and administration that Hayes has to offer,” and that she is ready to watch the athletes succeed during their season.

“I really enjoy helping others,” Evans said. “Everyone at Hayes is very friendly and very accommodating.”

Not only does Hayes have new trainers, but new coaches were hired as well. Patrick Montgomery replaced Nick Melton as the varsity baseball coach. “I am very excited to be one of the new coaches here at Hayes,” Montgomery said.

“I am looking forward to the different challenges that each practice and game bring and the excitement of getting to know the kids and beginning new traditions as well as continuing others,” he said. “The baseball program has had a great tradition under Mr. Yinger and it is something I am looking forward to continuing.”

He is delighted to coach the group of kids they have coming back this year and working with them to achieve their goals. Montgomery was an assistant coach at Olentangy Liberty High School before he came to Hayes.

“I started coaching when my playing career ended. I love still being around the sports I played and helping young athletes develop into great players,” Montgomery said. “Delaware is a great school with great student athletes, it is awesome here.”

Hayes also has a new assistant wrestling coach, Andrew Branham. He is looking forward to getting back in the sport and helping wrestlers get better. “I am excited to be coaching at Hayes,” Branham said. He went on to say he plans to be here for a while. He enjoys being involved with the student-athletes.

Before he came to Hayes, he was an English Language Arts teacher at London High School. There he served as the head wrestling coach. He has not always held the title of coach but “since middle school, I have helped teammates and younger wrestlers improve and work towards achieving their goals.”

“[So far] I really like the school, I have enjoyed meeting the staff and students,”  Branham said.