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New PE teachers bring years of experience

Kurt Guldner (left) and Chad Hardin spent several years at Marian University, including years coaching together. They both now are physical education and health teachers at Scecina.

By Cari Gallagher

After several years coaching at Marian University, Kurt Guldner and Chad Hardin are together again at Scecina Memorial High School. Guldner and Hardin joined the Scecina faculty as Physical Education teachers this school year. Both men are graduates of Marian and together they bring more than 40 years of teaching and coaching experience to Scecina.

Kurt, a 1977 graduate of John Marshall High School, received his bachelor’s degree in education from Marian. He is teaching physical education and advanced physical education classes at Scecina. He coached Marian baseball for 20 years and won over 520 games. He also coached women’s soccer for 15 years, and is the the all-time winningest coach at that school in both sports.

“There is a big difference in teaching 21-22-year-olds and then coming to teach 14- and 15-year-olds and it has taken some getting used to,” he said. “When I left Marian, I prayed hard for some guidance and ended up here at Scecina, so I look at this opportunity as more of a calling.”

Hardin served four years under Guldner as an assistant coach for Marian’s women’s soccer team, which was ranked in the top 15 and won back-to-back conference titles during that time. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology from Indiana University, and received his teaching certificate from Marian. He is also teaching physical education, as well as health classes. He started Marian’s men's and women’s bowling programs from scratch. During his five years as head bowling coach, the teams made three national championship appearances. He coached the men’s soccer team for five years, compiling the second-best winning percentage in Marian history during that time.

“My experience teaching high school students here at Scecina so far has been a good one. I have really enjoyed getting to know my students, learning about all of their talents, celebrating their successes and watching them grow as individuals,” he said. “One of the biggest differences between teaching in high school versus college is that I get to see my students every day here at the high school, whereas in college I might only see them twice a week.”

Coach Hardin recently was named the head coach of Scecina’s boys varsity soccer program. Guldner is officially “retired” from coaching but can be seen around campus offering helpful hints to our student athletes.

Away from school and sports, Guldner enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife of 27 years, Brenda. They are members of Holy Spirit Parish. Hardin and his fiancé, Amanda, are busy preparing for their destination wedding in the Grand Cayman Islands, scheduled for this Thanksgiving.

7 comments (Add your own)

1. Robert Sheehan wrote:
Welcome to the Scecina family

Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 8:31 PM

2. Sr. Marilynn wrote:
Once a coach, always a coach. It is good to see you with your hand in.

Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 2:01 PM

3. Ann Cobb wrote:
Congratulations on your new venture, Kurt! Chris told Mary and me about your new job.

Sat, May 16, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

4. Mary Cobb wrote:
Congratulations Kurt!

Sat, May 16, 2015 @ 11:55 AM

5. Tim Catton wrote:
Kurt - Congrats and welcome! Sounds like a great fit!

Sat, May 30, 2015 @ 12:44 AM

6. Maribeth Ransel wrote:
Welcome to both of these teacher/coaches. I worked with Kurt for many years at Marian and am delighted to see that he has come to one of my other "homes". You'll love it, Kurt. And, I know Chad will come to know and love the Scecina family as well. Great to have you both on board. Maribeth

Sat, May 30, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

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