DHS girls’ cross-country coach named Coach of the Year

DHS girls’ cross-country coach named Coach of the Year
Posted on 02/28/2018

The Danbury High School girls’ cross-country coach Marsha Turek was named Coach of the Year last week by Hearst Communications.

The team of 40 girls ended its season 14-1, losing only once to Greenwich, before taking runner-up both at the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) and the State Open this season.

“It was the most successful team in the area,” Turek said. “Our team motto this year was ‘stronger together.’ They work hard for each other. We’ve had a lot of good athletes come in this year and raise the bar. And other kids worked hard because they wanted to keep up.”

A teacher in the district for 14 years, Turek has been the head coach of the girls’ cross-country team since 2005. A runner herself, Turek ran in high school and at Springfield College; she has completed six marathons and an ultra-marathon. A chemistry teacher for 18 years, Turek is now in her second year teaching Food & Nutrition, baking, parenting and infant-toddler classes at DHS.

“It is an honor to be recognized….and I am being honored because I have a great group of kids,” Turek said.

Turek also received the FCIAC Coach of Excellence Award as a result of her successful 2017 season.