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New varsity coaches named

Friday, August 16, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Parkland’s school board has granted approval for new wrestling, golf, and track and field varsity coaches.

Jonathan Trenge was named head wrestling coach to replace Michael Ottinger.

An earth-and-space science teacher at the high school, Trenge was a two-time state champion while a student at Parkland.

He attended Lehigh University where he was twice a national runner up. He was fifth at the Olympic trials in 2004 and was Canada Cup champion.

Since 2014, Trenge has served as head coach with the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club preparatory program, and head coach and founder of Beat-The-Streets Allentown wrestling team and the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club Athena.

Ryan Kilpatrick was approved as golf coach to fill the position held by Scott LeVan.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from LaSalle University and teaches business education at the high school.

Kilpatrick played football in college and has coached various sports through the years.

Stephen Ott was selected head varsity track and field coach as successor to Scott LeVan, and cross-country coach to take the position held by Loretta Dosson.

Ott has been teaching sixth-grade science and language arts at Orefield Middle School for 18 years. He has been an assistant coach in cross-country and football.

While attending Parkland, Ott played three sports. He remains an active runner and will also lead winter track.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the appointees.

“These coaches bring a wealth of experience to their respective positions and all have a solid background in coaching and developing positive relationships with students,” Sniscak said.