Exeter Township School District approves water polo coaches

EXETER TWP., Pa. - At Tuesday evening’s Exeter Township School District Board meeting, Rod Scoboria expressed his appreciation to the board for its support of Exeter's water polo team and requested continued support by approving the extracurricular salary positions, including two coaches for water polo.

Scoboria shared that he is a 20-year resident of Exeter Township, with three children currently attending Exeter Township Senior High School, all of whom are on the water polo team.

He pointed out several people in the audience -- players, parents, booster board members, and a coach -- who are active with the team. He shared that, although the program is only two years old, it has experienced a tremendous amount of growth, with 33 athletes at the high school. In the first season as a full member of the Pennsylvania Water Polo League Central Conference, the girls registered five wins, and the boys registered 11 wins and made it to the first round of the playoffs.

He concluded by saying, "If you’re familiar with sports, you realize that the coach is an integral part of helping a program move forward."

During the discussion of a resolution to celebrate the life and honor the memory of Don Thomas, Michael B. Jupina Jr., the district athletic committee chairman, stated, "This hammers home what Mr. Scoboria was talking about the importance of coaches in people’s lives."

Thomas, who was a teacher, coach, and athletic director, joined the Exeter School District in the mid-1950s. He was inducted into the Exeter's Sports Hall of Fame for his coaching and accomplishments, and his many contributions were recognized when the high school stadium was named in his honor.

The resolution states, "Don was instrumental in creating the athletic department structure that allowed development of a varsity sports program to establish the district and its students as a force in interscholastic sports in Berks County and southeast Pennsylvania. He guided and developed our student-athletes in a young football program to its first winning season in 1964 and soon thereafter as champions in the inter-county league."

The resolution and the extracurricular salary positions, which included one boy's and one girl's coach for the water polo team, an advisor for the mini-thon, and an advisor for the forensics club, were unanimously approved. 

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