After 36 years of working and coaching in the Schuylerville Central School District, Kim Gamache will retire at the end of the school year. Gamache has served as the head groundskeeper for 29 years and has coached modified cross country and both indoor and outdoor track for the past 20 years. He even held the position of mayor of the village for 12 years.
“Schuylerville is special to me as I was born and raised here,” Gamache said.
Gamache graduated from Schuylerville High School in 1972. During his high school career, he ran cross country and track, and was a member of the first cross country team to go to the state meet in 1971.
“My high school coaches, Hal Foster and Gary Aldrich, certainly influenced my work ethic and taught me how to be successful,” Gamache said. “Because of them, I became a lifetime runner and eventually that led me to coaching.”
Gamache also credits his coaching start to Stephen Rossley, a former Schuylerville teacher and coach, who passed away in March.
“He convinced me that I could do it and that I would enjoy it,” Gamache said. “He was so right. It has been a very rewarding 20 years.”
Gamache is looking forward to retirement, but says Schuylerville will always hold a special place in his heart.
“I especially enjoyed working with young athletes and watching them grow and fulfill their potential,” Gamache said. “Every kid that I helped to set a personal record, whether they finished first or last, that’s what it’s all about. I will absolutely miss the athletes. They are so much fun to be around.”
“It has been a pleasure to work with Kim as a groundskeeper and a coach throughout the years,” Schuylerville Athletic Director Heath Morris said. “Through his hard work and dedication, it is clear just how much Schuylerville means to him. We will all certainly miss him and want to wish him well on his next chapter.”