On Tuesday, February 4th, prior to the start of the Boys Varsity Basketball game against Selinsgrove Area High School, highly-respected and beloved retired educator and coach, Charles T. Nesbitt, will be feted in a ceremony announcing the naming of the new gymnasium in his honor. The ceremony is slated to begin at 7:20 PM. Family, friends, former players and colleagues of Mr. Nesbitt are invited to join us in celebrating this special event.
 
Charles Thomas “Coach” Nesbitt Biography: Mr. Nesbitt was born and raised in Kingston, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Kingston High School in June, 1943, and immediately enlisted in the Army Air Force.  Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, he entered the then East Stroudsburg State College where he earned his BS in Health and Physical Education.  While at Stroudsburg, he was the captain of the wrestling team. Coach Nesbitt earned his Masters in Education and Guidance at Bucknell University with additional graduate level credits from Penn State University.
 
Coach Nesbitt began his teaching and career at Catawissa High School in 1950.  He coached soccer, basketball, and baseball until 1962. In 1962, Catawissa High School entered the Southern Columbia Area Jointure.  Coach Nesbitt was elected to serve as the first Athletic Director of the new school district, a position he held until his retirement in 1984.
 
Coach Nesbitt has held office in the Columbia County League, was the district’s first Athletic Director representative to the District IV committee, organized the District IV Athletic Directors Association and was elected its inaugural president.  He has served on the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Executive Council, was its Exhibits Manager from 1970, and still serves in that capacity today.  He has also served on the Eastern Conference steering committee. Coach Nesbitt was a PIAA official in wrestling, basketball, and baseball as well as an NCAA Intercollegiate soccer official. Coach Nesbitt was instrumental in the growth of Southern Columbia’s athletic program from five interscholastic sports programs to the current fourteen programs in the new Heartland Conference.  Coach Nesbitt was one of the original advocates of the small school competition leading to class divisions in the Eastern Conference and the organization of the Mid-Penn League.
 
Coach Nesbitt states, “Southern Columbia has established itself as one of the most successful and highly regarded athletics programs in the state and does it with class.  Being a part of this great school, staff, and program has been most rewarding.”
 
 

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