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After More than 50 Years, Newport Catholic Teacher & Coach to Retire

After more than fifty years as a teacher, cross country, and track coach at Newport Central Catholic High School, Dave Ueding is retiring.

Ueding started at New Cath as a math teacher in 1965. He coached the boys track team for 47 years and the boys cross country team for 37.

From 1982 to 2001, he also coached the girls cross country team, and also coached the girls track team for one year.

"NCC has been good to me," Ueding said. "I am grateful to all the young men and women I have had the honor of teaching and coaching over the years, and I appreciate the support of all the parents. I have always tried to prepare my track and cross country teams so that when the state meet was over, they could say they enjoyed the season so much that they wished they had another meet the next week. I would not expect the students in my classes to say the same thing, but I hope I have given them the knowledge they need to help them succeed at the next level."

NCCHS Principal Ron Dawn expressed his gratitude and respect for Mr. Ueding.

"Dave's longstanding commitment to our NCC school community is so appreciated and he will be missed," Dawn said. "He has dedicated his life to the Catholic education of so many students through his teaching and coaching. He taught me when I was a student here and for the one season when I decided to run track, I had the pleasure of having him as a coach. Mr. Ueding has impacted the lives of so many young people over the years. He was so generous with his time here at school. For over forty years he handled the score book and kept stats for the basketball team and drove the school bus transporting students to various school functions. He exemplifies the traditions of Newport Central Catholic. He is truly a legend. We wish him the very best."

In November 2015, the Coach Dave Ueding Scholarship was established by a generous benefactor of Newport Central Catholic. Those who wish to honor Mr. Ueding may consider a contribution to the scholarship fund, the school said in a news release.

-Staff report

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