Welcome to the Meet:
Connecticut coaches are invited to register their teams for the 7th Harry Geraghty XC Invite starting at 9:00am on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The meet is again directed by Coach Peter Anthony of South Windsor HS and held at the Nevers Park XC Course in South Windsor. The meet is open to Connecticut high school age athletes competing with their high school team. Connecticut Middle school coaches are also invited to register their Middle school boys and girls' teams in grades 6-7-8. Note that the meet finish line has been upgraded this year to include chip timing for all competitors to help ensure more efficient race results
The meet is limited to the coaches of the first 15 high schools in the small and large school divisions to submit their Intent to Enter form to protect the integrity of the race and runners. All profits go to the Harry Geraghty Scholarship Fund.
A Coach Remembered and Honored
If you ask most coaches how many state championship banners they have hanging on their school's gym walls, most will say they're still looking for their first one. Well, Harry Geraghty has three. And how many coaches can say a senior class dedicated its yearbook to them? Well, Lyman Hall, class of 1966, did just that.
Successful coaching can be measured in many ways, and those are just two of the uncountable ways we could use to describe Harry Geraghty's remarkable career. Longevity ? Try about 40 years. Besides his family, coaching and teaching defined his life.
After brief stops at Lyman Hall and Canton High Schools, Geraghty spent most of his teaching and coaching careers at Rockville High in Vernon, and most of those years were spent coaching girls cross country and track and field. In the early days at RHS he also coached basketball, but climbed Mount Olympus in the late eighties in cross country and track. Those three championship banners in the RHS gym are his...two for Class L girls XC titles and one for girls State Open Champs. Another wall in the RHS gym is reserved for Geraghty's numerous league titles in girls cross country and track.
However conspicuous those banners are, what is less noticeable is the place of honor Geraghty holds in the hearts and minds of those who knew him, taught with him, and coached with and against him, and is absolutely in the hearts of his athletes. His ability to reach and motivate teenagers who came out for the sports he coached was special...the irony of this teacher/coach and his career lies in the fact that no one could teach to others what came naturally to Geraghty. The rest of us could only stand and observe him at work, and only hope to copy, sort of, what he did so well for so long.
Continuing to motivate even after passing, he inspired two fellow coaches to establish this cross country invitational in his name. Some things never change.
How many coaches have meets named after them?
By Dave Smith