The Selbyville Middle School track-and-field team is about to get a whole lot of experience. More than 40 years of experience, to be almost exact.
Taking over the Indians as head coach this spring will be Focus Multi Sports director Rick Hundley, a lifelong running advocate and race director for events such as the Coastal Delaware Running Festival, First Responders Triathlon and Surfin’ Snowman 5K.
Also joining the staff will be Andy White, a six-time state champion track-and-field coach at schools including Churchill High School in Maryland, as well as SMS science teacher Darryn Harris.
“Andy is kind of a legend coaching,” said Hundley of bringing in White. “But he, myself and Darryn — we’re bringing over 40 years of coaching experience, so we’re excited.”
Hundley, White and Harris will be taking over for long-time SMS track coach Sally Craig, who led the boys’ team to undefeated seasons in 2008, 2009 and 2011, as well as first-place finishes at the Cape Invitational in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Craig has also coached the Indians to back-to-back undefeated seasons in girls’ volleyball, where she will stay on as head coach, after helping get the program started in 2015.
“It’s been a great run, working with great kids,” said Craig. “I’ll miss working with them, but I have confidence that the track program will be in good hands. Rick is a great distance runner, totally dedicated to the sport, and he’ll bring a renewed energy to the program.”
While Craig may be officially hanging up the track coach’s whistle this spring, she won’t be going too far, helping Hundley and the new crew of coaches taking over the program.
“Sally has been terrific. She’s going to help us with the transition,” said Hundley. “I don’t want to completely turn the program upside-down for these guys that have been running for going on three years.”
Hundley is no stranger to the team at SMS, however, after helping out in 2014, when his son, Blake, ran for the team as a sixth-grader. Blake has since transferred to St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, where he runs both cross-country and track as a freshman. But Hundley will still be able to coach his daughter, Devin, this spring when she joins the team as a sixth-grader.
He also plans on using his experience as a race director to help the team raise funds for uniforms, equipment and transportation to invitationals.
Currently, the team is already looking for parent volunteers to serve as timers, scorers and callers. The team will hold an interest meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Selbyville Middle School. For more information on the season, or to volunteer, contact Rick Hundley at email@example.com or visit www.selbyvilletrack.com.