By Steve Svetovich
He is 74 and showing no signs of slowing down. He doesn’t have time to celebrate, but the Dunmore community will celebrate him.
The Dunmore Cross Country Reunion will celebrate Dunmore High School cross country coach Vince Fedor’s 50th year of coaching Friday, November 29, at La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly St., Dunmore. There will be a buffet dinner and cash bar at $25 per person. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m.
Fedor’s Dunmore Junior High cross country team has gone 22-0 to remain undefeated for the fall season. Additionally, the boys were the overall winners at the Vince Fedor Junior High League Championship meet held Oct. 19 at Mountain View High School.
“He has been there a very long time and is very dedicated to what he does,” said Gary Duncan who served for several years as a volunteer coach under Fedor.
“He instills a love of running to his students. He is very deserving of this honor.
“As a parent of two daughters and uncle of two nieces and a nephew who were part of his program, I was able to be in his presence.
“Coach Fedor was and is an inspiration to all those runners who were a part of his teams. He taught one and all about the importance of teamwork, as well as the benefits of being in top physical condition. My daughters, nieces, nephews and many runners in his program continue running to this day.”
Fedor was inducted into the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in November of 2014.
The veteran Dunmore cross country coach has been active as a participant, organizer and coach in the local running community for the past 50 years.
He retired after 35 years as a Dunmore Elementary School teacher in 2004, but continued as the Dunmore High School cross country coach. He has no plans of retiring soon from that position.
The Mansfield University graduate did not run cross country at Dunmore High School where he graduated in 1963. There was no team. The Dunmore High School cross country program started two years after his graduation.
Fedor returned to Dunmore as the cross country coach in 1970. He has held the position ever since and takes the position very seriously.
Fedor began running marathons in the early 1970’s. He is a founding member of the Scranton Organization of Area Runners. He organized the Father’s Day Race in Dunmore and became a founding committee member of the Steamtown Marathon.
The 50-year coach has been very successful at the helm of the Dunmore cross country program. Many members of his very first teams and beyond are still runners.
His Dunmore cross country teams have won several Lackawanna League and District titles and individual District 2 boys’ titles. He has coached numerous individual state medal winners. Fedor is a well respected coach at Dunmore and continues to help local race directors in organizing events.
Mike Deignan, a 1979 Dunmore High School graduate, was a cross country runner for Fedor and competed in the sport at Villanova University. He praised his former coach.
“Vince has coached teams and individuals, young men and women, to league and district championships and qualifying for state championships while being a role model beyond reproach.
“He has inspired many of his runners to continue competing post high school for NCAA teams. His positive influence on runners and the regional community in general cannot be overstated.”
Fedor himself, who shuns publicity, did recently tell reporters at Newswatch 16, that he doesn’t see an end in sight.
“I love what I’m doing. I can still do it. I have a great relationship with the kids I think. We all get along. We have fun the whole season… I am truly enjoying it, and that’s why I am hanging in here,” Fedor said.