• Jumping pits at Rogers Stadium complex named for Dave Schaub

    dedschIf there is a name synonymous with athletics in Bellefonte, it’s Dave Schaub.

    That’s why his family donated $10,000 to the capital campaign at Bellefonte Area School District to put toward naming rights in his honor for the jumping pits at the Rogers Stadium facility – something his four daughters said was a special place since he actually coached them in the jumping events while they were student-athletes on the track and field team at Bellefonte Area High School.

    Schaub moved to Bellefonte after graduating from Rider University in 1973. A lover of football, basketball and track and field – and just about all other sports – he coached a plethora of sports for nearly five decades at the middle and high school levels at Bellefonte including boys and girls basketball, football, golf and track and field.

    During his time there, he also coached U.S. Navy Lt. Jonas Panik, a Class of 1993 graduate who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001 in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon; and Jeremy Herbstritt, a Class of 1998 graduate who was a victim of the Virginia Tech shooting in April 2007. Both were members of the track and field team at Bellefonte Area High School. The track at Rogers Stadium was recently named in their memory, thanks to a $250,000 combined donation from the Jeremy Herbstritt Foundation and Reliance Bank.

    Though retired, Schaub still spent the past two years volunteering as a coach for the jumpers on the track and field team under direction of head coach Seth Miller. He also is a coach, adviser and spectator at the athletic events of his 12 grandchildren, which include basketball, golf, wrestling, football, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, gymnastics, cross country, field hockey and track and field.

    “My sisters and I grew up loving our hometown and high school. The gym and the fields weren’t only our dad’s second home, but ours, as well. A date for my mom and dad included a Friday night game or even an end-of-season banquet. When we learned of the opportunity to give back to the community, my mom and my sisters and I all knew we wanted our dad’s name to be a part of the new facility. After all, he spent 42 years total coaching at Rogers Stadium,” a message from his daughters said. Those 42 years included 25 years coaching football and 17 years coaching track and field.

    Accompanied by members of his family, the donation was presented to the Bellefonte Area school board at a meeting the night of Jan. 22. Schaub's biography can be found on the Bellefonte Area track and field website: Coach Schaub

    *By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD