Aww! Yay! We had a surprise retirement party for Coach Cooper (Shane and I's head coach from track and field @ Behrend)! The cross country team just got back from a meet and had their "team meeting" in the chapel because the Junker Center was "too busy". And here is all of us surprising him!
Our food was catered by Ricardo's! Sooooooo yummy!! We got salad and ziti and rolls! Ricardo's has always been so gracious to the athletic department at Behrend, and I am so glad, because their food is amazing!
Cassie, one of my best friends from track (who also does cross country), put everything together, and made an awesome power point slide of pictures throughout the years.
Everyone got to say something about Coach Cooper, and it was very emotional. Coach has made the track & field program at Behrend such a huge thing. It has grown substantially even since we were there, and every year, the team gets closer and closer.
Here is the yummy cake from Giant Eagle!! They have such good cakes! Shane decided he would try to get his hand in the picture, and I really don't know how it happened and turned out so "not blurry" because he kept moving it really quick.
And a nice pic . . .
Coach cutting the cake for good retirement luck! He wants to spend a lot of the time in the woods, hunting and such (which I don't necessarily agree with :-P, but hey . . . I just hope he doesn't catch anything . . . he he. . sorry Coach) . . . I'm just too big of an animal lover. He also owns a putt putt place in Union City called "Runners Miniature Golf". He took us all there once and we got to putt-putt for free! It was a lot of fun!! You should definitely go there!
Coach is still planning on coaching during track season, so it wasn't AS emotional as it could have been, but it was just so great seeing all the people show up to support coach. He is an amazing coach, an amazing person, and we wish him nothing but the best in his retirement!