Kinemond steps down as Shadyside wrestling coach

SHADYSIDE – Scott Kinemond has been around the sport of wrestling basically his entire life.

The last 25, or so, years, have been spent coaching at basically every level of the Shadyside wrestling program.

That’s what’s going to make next season so different for Kinemond.

Kinemond recently resigned as the Tigers’ head wrestling coach after an impressive seven-year stint as the head coach.

When he got involved with coaching, Kinemond was active in the Shadyside pee-wee program and serving as the head varsity coach was really only a dream.

“I thought about it from time to time and the more I got involved I thought if I ever got the chance to be the head coach, I’d enjoy doing it,” Kinemond said. “Certainly have a lot of great memories and it’s been an honor and privlege to coach our youth in the community of Shadyside. We had some good year, good times and good memories. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Kinemond, who won a state title himself as a Tiger, cited a change in his work schedule as his main reason for opting to step down from the post.

“I really didn’t want to give it up, but my (work) schedule just wasn’t going to allow it to work out,” Kinemond said.

Kinemond’s final season at the Tigers’ helm might have been his most successful. He guided Shadyside to the OVAC Class 2A dual and tournament title, a regional runner-up finish in the inaugural OHSAA Dual Tournament, a 10th place finish in the Division III state individual tournament, three individual OVAC champions, three all-Ohioans, including Alex Quinn who went undefeated and won the 152-pound state title.

Included in his list of OVAC champions and individual all-Ohioans was his son, Chase. Chase was all-Ohio as a freshman as well and missed the postseason of 2011 due to injury and the entire 2012 campaign with a knee injury.

“It was really fun being able to coach Chase,” Kinemond said. “As a dad, if you’re a coach, I think you’d always love the chance to coach your son. Obviously, I hated to see it end, but we’ve got so many good memories we’ll have forever.”

Though Chase, Quinn and Ian Baker won’t be back, Kinemond’s leaving the Tigers’ program in a very solid place.

“The new coach coming in certainly will have some talent,” Kinemond said. “We had some good young kids last year who did a nice job. They’ll have some good older kids and another nice group of freshmen coming in.”

While Kinemond won’t active with the varsity program, he’s already been approached by getting back involved with the pee-wee program, which is where it all started for him in 1989.

“I’ve had a few dads approach me already,” Kinemond said. “I’m going to help as much as I can and hopefully get another group ready to make an impact for the high school team eventually. Who knows? Maybe, by then, things (with my schedule) will be different.”

According to Shadyside Principal and Superintendent John Haswell, whom Kinemond worked under as an assistant for several years before taking over the job, the Tigers’ wrestling opening is expected to be filled at the Aug. 13 board meeting.

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