New Castle News


July 27, 2013

High School Softball: Trimble retires as Union coach

NEW CASTLE — An era on the diamond came to a close at Union High.

Gary Trimble, who coached the Lady Scots for the last nine years, retired. The Union Area School Board accepted his resignation.

“I’ve been coaching for over 35 years,” Trimble said. “I retired from school a couple of years ago. I thought I had to pick out the right time; I just kind of thought it was the right time.

“We had our good years. The last couple were kind of tough. I thought it was time for me to take a break and move on.”

Trimble, 61 and a 1970 Union High graduate, posted an 84-68 mark at Union. He guided the Lady Scots to the playoffs four times and complied a 1-4 mark in the postseason.

“Gary did an outstanding job,” Union athletic director Bob Natale said of Trimble’s tenure as softball coach. “Gary Trimble is just a good person. He excels in all aspects of coaching. He’s just a good, good guy.”

Union’s program was born in 2001 and Trimble took over as coach of the Lady Scots in 2005.

Union last made the WPIAL Class A playoffs in 2008, falling to Fort Cherry in the opening round, 16-1. The Lady Scots were 11-6 that year, the last time Trimble’s squad posted a mark over .500.

Trimble also coached the varsity boys and girls basketball teams at Union.

“The odd part is I had never really intended to coach softball,” Trimble said. “I was a basketball coach all my life.

“We were pretty competitive almost every year and that’s saying something at a small school. We had very coachable kids.”

Last year, Union notched a 6-11 mark. He coached his last game May 8 at Lowellville (Ohio), a 7-5 loss.

“I didn’t know at the time that would be my last game as coach,” Trimble said. “At the end of every year, the last few years, I would always wait until the end of the year and think about it.

“It’s always a tough decision. I love the game and the kids at Union; everybody’s time comes. I just thought maybe the time was right.”

Trimble retired as a guidance counselor a couple of years ago. He said his golf game will get a little bit more attention now.

“I’m probably not going to do anything much more than what I’m doing now,” Trimble said of his future plans. “I’ll have more free time in the spring and I try do a lot of family things.

“I like to golf, too. The softball season ends sometime in May and a lot of people usually have a head start on me on the golf course.”

Natale said the school will focus on hiring Trimble’s successor in a timely manner.

“We would like to do it soon as possible; it’s standard with how we do things,” Natale said. “We won’t put it on the back burner. Now that the board accepted his resignation, we’ll do what we always do when searching for a coach. The program was without question left in good shape.”


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