Mechanicsburg Area School District’s new athletic director is one of the Wildcats’ own.
Seth Pehanich, a 2005 Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School graduate, was hired by the school board last month to take over the reins from Andrea Teeter, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 33 1/2 years as Mechanicsburg’s athletic director. Pehanich’s first day on the job is Monday.
Some might remember Pahanich from his own days as an all-around star athlete for the Wildcats, excelling in football, basketball and baseball. In November 2004, The Sentinel described him as a “a nimble 6-foot-4, 220 pounder” who “slipped a tackle and fired a 39 yard strike” during a 34-31 triumph over Garden Spot. The previous week, the article continued, his blocked extra point led the Wildcats’ to victory over Gettysburg.
Until now, Pehanich’s professional experience has been as a business development manager for Advantage Sales and Marketing. Before that, he was a business manager for Acosta Sales and Marketing, according to his LinkedIn profile. He also attended West Virginia University and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
Pehanich never really left Mechanicsburg, though. He served as the Wildcats’ JV Boys’ Basketball Coach from 2010-16 and as an assistant football coach from 2011-14.
Pehanich was also there to help Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School Principal David Harris recognize this year’s Mid Penn Athletic Scholars at a school board meeting on May 10.
Mid Penn Athletic Scholars are members of the high school’s athletic teams who maintained the highest grade point average of their team. Mechanicsburg’s 2015-16 honorees include: Liam Darr and Kelly Gallick for cross country; Isabella Silagyi for field hockey; Brendan Wewer for football; Kyle Eaton for golf; Alec Gehman, Nicole Weenick and Nathan Vrabel for soccer; Fiona Sweeney for tennis; Allyson Fea for volleyball; Brayden Bowerman and Gina Joy for water polo; Nathan Vrabel and Jordan Hertz for basketball; Gina Joy for swimming; Drew Tochterman for wrestling; Hayden Seig for baseball; Alexx Miller for softball; Tanner Martin and Amelia Lindquist for lacrosse; Nathan Vrabel for tennis; Nathan Graham and Nicole Weenick for track and field; and Ian Capp for volleyball.