Preston is losing two incredible football coaches this year. Earlier this year, Jim Crone, the coach of the senior boys’ football team retired. Now at the end of June, John Skovsgaard will finish coaching his final season before retiring as well.

Mr Skovsgaard has been teaching at Preston High School since 1993. He has been the head coach of the Jr. Boys’ football team since 1996 and also coaches boys’ rugby.

When asked if he had a favourite coaching memory he said, “My favourite memory would have to be winning the WCSSAA Jr. Football Championship in 2012.  Our team has been to the Finals five times since I became Head Coach in 1996, and 2012 is the only one we have been able to win. Others were very close and each were very good teams but that one was special, especially since Coach Rob Boug, who has been together with me the entire time at PHS, was coaching with me on the sidelines that day.”

Mr Skovsgaard has also been an assistant coach for the hockey team for the past two years, as well. He claims that he will miss the comradery with both the athletes and the coaches, saying, “It is a great feeling to be part of a team!”

By Gabby Crowley