Assistant AD a driving drive for Sewickley Academy sports activities

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Sunday, January 30, 2022 | 11:01 AM


Heather Border and athletics go hand in hand.

She has spent virtually her whole life devoted to sports activities, first as a three-sport athlete, then as a coach, and now as an administrator and coach.

Border, 45, is the assistant athletic director at Sewickley Academy, a job that started in 2001. She serves as an assistant to longtime AD Win Palmer.

“Win and I make an important staff,” Border mentioned. “He’s ‘philosophy’ and I’m ‘logistics.’ I take pleasure in ensuring the day-to-day logistics of video games and practices run easily for the coaches, gamers and oldsters, in addition to opposing groups.

“It additionally permits me to see the scholars outdoors of the classroom and watch them develop on and off the sphere. Being that athletics was a serious function in my upbringing, I’m able to relate and information them the very best that I can throughout their time right here.”

Palmer mentioned Border’s optimistic perspective helps make for a steady working setting within the SA athletic program.

“Heather serves many roles at SA, together with working with our coaches in scheduling video games and officers,” Palmer mentioned. “She is a vital a part of our communications staff with day by day and weekly updates to our households. She serves as a conduit between our school and our buildings and grounds crew.

“All the pieces Heather works on at SA, she accomplishes with a optimistic perspective. College students, school, workers and households really feel most comfy reaching out to Heather figuring out she’s going to reply in each a well timed and pleasant method.”

Border attended Mt. Lebanon the place she performed soccer, basketball and softball, incomes three varsity letters in every sport.

She was a beginning ahead on the legendary 1992 women soccer staff at Mt. Lebanon, which was the varsity’s first state soccer champion.

Mt. Lebanon defeated Philadelphia’s Villa Joseph Marie, 2-0, within the PIAA finals at Shippensburg College. Border and Molly Bushman netted the one targets within the sport.

“Throughout my time at Mt. Lebanon, we had a really profitable run since most of us grew up enjoying home soccer collectively, then onto membership and PA West soccer,” Border mentioned.

The Blue Devils additionally captured a WPIAL championship in Border’s senior season.

Border continued her completed soccer profession after highschool at Duquesne College. She was a four-year starter at ahead for the Dukes.

“It was a tremendous expertise attending to play in what was then the Atlantic 10 Convention,” Border mentioned. “After commencement, I grew to become the graduate assistant for the ladies’s soccer staff and obtained my grasp’s diploma.”

In 2005, Border added two extra titles to her resume.

She was employed that yr as an assistant soccer coach at SA and has been teaching alongside Jessica Peluso since then.

Later that yr, the Panthers’ softball program, coached by Palmer, went via a rebuild. Border and Shannon Rankin took over as co-head coaches.

“Win approached me about aiding him within the rebuilding course of,” Border mentioned, “and I’ve been teaching in this system ever since.”

In her function as assistant AD, Border offers administrative assist to Palmer and the SA teaching workers and acts as a liaison to the college, workers, college students and oldsters. It’s a full-time place.

“My function has modified from once I first began in 2001,” Border mentioned. “I used to be extra of an administrative assistant then. After a couple of years and underneath the mentorship of Win Palmer, my title modified as did my roles and obligations.”

Collaborating with Palmer and the SA coaches, Border organizes and schedules athletic occasions and practices for the center college and senior academy.

“With that comes transportation, referees and all different gameday wants,” she mentioned. “On this place, I’ve been capable of make connections with different athletic administrators within the WPIAL. Attending athletic occasions whether or not at house or within the playoffs, it has given me the chance to department out and get to know others on this occupation.

“Being a part of the rebuilding course of for the softball staff, and likewise being the assistant AD, I’ll always remember successful a piece title and competing within the WPIAL playoffs. Any time a staff overachieves, there’s a nice sense of accomplishment.”

Border relishes the day-to-day actions in her administrative function.

“My undergraduate diploma at DU was legal justice with a minor in psychology,” she mentioned. “I used to be lucky to pivot and return to highschool for my grasp’s, which landed me in sports activities administration.

“I’m grateful for the chance and assist that Sewickley has supplied me through the years. We have now an amazing teaching workers, student-athletes that attempt to get higher and wonderful assist from our mother and father. Every day is completely different. You may suppose you could have one plan, and the subsequent factor your day has fully shifted.”

One of many perks of working within the athletic workplace is its location. Border’s workplace overlooks Means Alumni Fitness center.

“It’s the most effective views on campus,” Border mentioned. “I’m extraordinarily fortunate. And Win’s workplace is correct subsequent to mine.”

Palmer, who coaches the boys basketball and boys golf groups, enjoys the extraordinary connection that he and Border have established over the previous twenty years at Sewickley Academy.

“Heather and I work very intently, assembly a number of occasions throughout the day as there are such a lot of shifting elements to offering a particular expertise for our pre-Okay via twelfth grade college students and households,” Palmer mentioned. “(We) function a job mannequin for the greater than 40 coaches and all the oldsters we’ve been concerned with all through our 21 years at SA.

“No problem is simply too nice and dealing collectively to search out options for each problem is each exhilarating and demanding. Our athletic staff consists of many of us, and Heather and I do our greatest to be good listeners to their inputs and considerations.”

Going ahead, what are the expectations for the Sewickley Academy athletic program sooner or later?

“We would like our student-athletes to compete on the highest degree and see them progress as people and as a staff,” Border mentioned. “Proceed to organize them for all times past the partitions and athletic fields on the academy.

“Athletics can be about instilling life expertise equivalent to management, dedication and teamwork. We would like our student-athletes to construct a way of pleasure, dedication and group at Sewickley Academy.”

Border wouldn’t have it some other method.

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