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Former Standout Eagle Athlete Pays it Forward

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The wrestling program within the Bald Eagle Area School District has had a lasting impact on Ronald Guenot’s life. The former BEA wrestler was recently named Head Coach of the varsity wrestling team. In addition to this new position, Ronald is also a third grade teacher at Wingate Elementary School.

“I always enjoyed being around kids and sports growing up, so teaching and coaching seemed like a great fit for me,” said Ronald.

While attending BEA, Ronald was involved with baseball and wrestling. Although he has many great memories of BEA, he says that winning the Northwest Regional Wrestling Title as a team was the highlight of his senior year.

After high school, Ronald earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Lock Haven University. He then went on to pursue a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from California University of Pennsylvania. BEA prepared him for his future success by teaching him to follow through with his endeavors.

“If you begin something, whatever it may be, finish it to the best of your ability,” he said. “Don’t give up!”

While there were many teachers and staff that left an impression on Ronald, one that stands out from the rest was his high school wrestling coach, Dick Rhoades. Coach Rhoades and his staff taught Ronald how to deal with and overcome adversity.

Working in the BEASD has allowed Ronald to maintain many of his high school friendships. Most of his close friendships continue through teaching, coaching, hunting, and fishing. One friend that Ronald bass fishes with frequently is Jim Orichosky, the Director of Elementary Education.

Much of Ronald’s family has attended or is currently attending BEASD. His parents are alumni of BEA and so is his wife, Abbie. His two daughters, Madelin and Audrey, are currently students within the BEASD. Madelin attends the Middle High School and Audrey attends Wingate Elementary School.

“They are receiving a wonderful education and creating great memories at BEA just as my wife and I both did,” he said.

Ronald is proud to be part of the BEASD community as alumni, faculty member, and now coach. With wrestling being such a big part of his life, he feels truly blessed to have been named the head coach. After a great BEA wrestling season, he credits the team and managers.

“I can’t say enough about the amazing coaching staff that I worked with in my first year, but it’s about the wrestlers and managers,” he said. “They are an amazing group of young men and women!”