Teacher and Coach Brad Rettig Changes LHS student’s life

Teacher and Coach Brad Rettig Changes LHS student’s life

By Frank Cuddy Cross Country Coach Brad Rettig is a middle school Health and Physical Education teacher at Schoo Middle School in Lincoln. He is also the volunteer cross country coach, and the varsity distance track coach at Lincoln High. He’s a husband of 11 years at 33 years old and a father of five,

By Frank Cuddy

Cross Country Coach Brad Rettig is a middle school Health and Physical Education teacher at Schoo Middle School in Lincoln. He is also the volunteer cross country coach, and the varsity distance track coach at Lincoln High. He’s a husband of 11 years at 33 years old and a father of five, with kids ranging from ages 4 months to 11 years. He graduated from Lincoln High, then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University(NWU), where he ran cross country and track for the Prairie Wolves.

Teachers give students homework, are blamed for our poor grades, our late nights, and for being tired throughout the day. Our teachers are much more than that, teachers touch the lives of students every day. They are molding the minds of the future, and do more for their students than many may know. One teacher that changed my own life in a multitude of ways is Brad Rettig.

Not only has Rettig been a coach, teacher, father, and husband, he’s been one of the biggest role models and influences in my life. As a freshman in high school, I was reluctant runner, who was only doing cross country and track because if I did not I would have had to have a job. Now running is the love of my life, and I never would have come to this without the hard work, dedication, trust, belief, and consistency of Coach Rettig.

Every morning during the summer Coach Rettig met me at the doors of Lincoln High to run and train at 7 A.M. During our runs, Coach Rettig and I learned more about running, and each other than a lot of people know about themselves. He taught me what dedication is. Rettig taught me how to be a man in the classroom, on the track, and in the community. Coach Brad Rettig is a great father, and coach. He shows his passion for running, and his love for the team everyday at practice, and through every phone call and text that he sent.

Coach Rettig is more than a teacher, coach, and family man. He’s a role model for all fifty kids on the cross country team. He’s not just concerned with times that are on the clock as you cross the finish line, but that you finish the true competition that we are all competing in, with a cap and gown on, and a diploma in our hands. Thank you Mr. Rettig, for being my coach, my mentor, and my role-model for these past four years.

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