GLADWIN – Carissa Petherbridge has replaced Selena Volmering as the girls cross country coach for Gladwin Junior High. Petherbridge was an assistant cross country coach for the past four years and was a volunteer for five years prior to that. She has also been a volunteer coach for the junior high girls track team for three years.
This is her first head-coaching job and she is really looking forward to working with the girls. “I‘m a little nervous about starting the season with all of the COVID-19 regulations, but am happy to have this opportunity,” said Coach Petherbridge. “I absolutely love working with the ladies and hope that I can help them all reach some of their personal goals this season. It’s going to be a lot different this year, but I am hoping to still be able to do some of the fun things we do annually.”
Petherbridge, a 1995 graduate of Gladwin High School, got her start with cross country when her daughter Mikayla started running in third grade and continued with the program even after Mikayla gave up the sport after her eighth grade season.
“It is going to be very difficult to fill the shoes of an amazing coach, mentor and friend. I am going to miss working with Selena every day. She always had a way of making everyone feel special. I hope to carry on many of the traditions that she and Julie Cameron have started over the years,” said Coach Petherbridge.