Cougar track and field looks to race ahead with new leadership

By Austin Eads,  28948_660537470752_6366209_nSWT Sports Writer

Don’t call it a comeback.

The Southwest Times confirmed late yesterday that former assistant coach Sirak Ogbagabir has been named head coach of the Pulaski County High School track and field program.

Ogbagabir, who was a member of the men’s track team and Cross Country team at Toledo University in Ohio, started coaching track at PCHS in 2008 as an assistant. His history with the program is a very successful one. During his time as an assistant, the Cougar track and field team won numerous regional titles, individually and as a team, and even a few individual state titles. So when the opportunity arose for him to return to PCHS as the head coach, Ogbagabir was more than happy to seize it.

“I feel elated to be back,” Ogbagabir said.

With the outdoor track season looming just on the horizon, Ogbagabir looks to go right to work and have both the boys and girls track teams be competitive right away.

“We will be deep and very competitive on both sides, but we have a lot of work to do,” Ogbagabir said.  The coach also wanted to send a message to the students of PCHS.

“We work hard across the board, and if there is anybody that wants to be part of a tradition of winning, they should come out for the track and field program,” Ogbagabir said.

The indoor track season is not over just yet, as the Regional tournaments take place this Saturday at Liberty University.  After this weekend, the Cougars will go straight into preparations for the outdoor track season, which begins on March 29.



14 Responses to Cougar track and field looks to race ahead with new leadership

  1. Susie

    February 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    What happened to the lady coach?

    • Billy

      February 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      I was told she was fired because of how bad the indoor track team was doing. It was interesting since she did a terrible job at cross country but they still handed her the head indoor track job over Sirak. At least the administration came to their senses and they hired the right coach the second time around.

  2. David

    February 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Will Sirak be in charge of the cross country program also?

    • track man

      February 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      I sure hope so. He has the knowledge and experience to bring the Cougars up to par against their conference opponents. You don’t need two head xc coaches…just one and an assistant.

  3. Rachael

    February 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Sirak is a serious coach that will give his all to the athletes. I sure hope all the coaches will encourage their athletes to participate on the track and field team.

  4. 81Cougar

    February 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    How can someone be fired who didn’t have the job to begin with. The outdoor job is posted on the school website and has been for awhile.

    • Alice

      February 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      The administration played games with the runners and the coaches all year. Why would you not name someone to be the head coach over the entire program? It was like they could do an audition from season to season. The athletes suffered tremendously because of this, especially the seniors who hoped to do well at the state level.

      • JT

        February 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

        Amen Alice. We should have never given Sirak the opportunity to get away. We’re fortunate to get him back. Fortunate that he was willing AND the administration was willing. I’m confident that any athlete that participates in a sport lead by Sirak will be better at the end of the season than he/she was at the beginning.

      • Runner mom

        February 22, 2014 at 9:09 am

        Alice, technically there are three separate sports involved in running (or you could even look at it as being six sports, if you differentiate between men’s and women’s): cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track.

        Same activity, but according to VHSL rules, different sports. And in truth, the distances run do frequently differ between indoor and outdoor track.

  5. Beth

    February 22, 2014 at 5:54 am

    As a parent of a CC and track student athlete, I can tell you we are very happy Sirak is back…he should have gotten this position when Coach McCarty left but that is all behing us now. Looking forward to a great outdoor season with a coach that gives 110% to his runners!!

  6. PCHS Alumnist

    February 23, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Well it’s definitely a milestone for PCHS athletics as well as Pulaski County High School to have Siark as the first African-American head coach in a PCHS sponsored sport. Hopefully, there would be more opportunities in the future for black men and women to hold head coaching positions.

  7. Siark is not the first AA

    February 25, 2014 at 10:44 am

    That went to James Hardy who was head coach of the 9th grade wrestling team in the 1987-1988 wrestling season.
    He and Tim Morris were co-head coaches that season. Both were 1987 graduates and did a great job!
    Now you may say that’s not a varsity sport, but it was a PCHS sponsored sport and James was the first.
    Just wanted to set the record straight.

    • Ned

      February 26, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Mickey Hickman was head coach of JV basketball many years in the 80s. Just adding to the record…

      • yep

        February 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

        And Coach Johnston.
        forgot about him.

        Good catch Ned!

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