JACKSON TWP — Seventeen seasons, more than 200 wins and no sign of slowing down.
That’s a brief, but accurate description of George Trew’s tenure as head softball coach at Seneca Valley.
With the Raiders’ 10-0 victory over North Hills April 3, Trew reached the 200-win milestone. His career record now stands at 203-116.
“It’s something special,” he said. “It says something for being able to stay here that long and the fact that we’ve had some pretty good teams.”
Athletics have been part of Trew’s life since his days growing up in Ford City. He earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball for the Sabers before graduating in 1975.
He was a preferred walk-on with Penn State University’s baseball team.
“I played in a few fall league games, but was never an official member of the team,” said Trew. “After my freshman year, I gave up baseball. Academics had to come first.”
But sports were destined to work their way back into the fold. Trew was a baseball coach for four years at St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights and he hoped to continue his involvement in the sport when he came to Seneca Valley as a science teacher in the early 1990s.
“At the time, Dave Florie was the head coach here and he had a full staff,” said Trew. “There was an assistant’s job open with the softball team and I got that.”
Trew aided then-SV head coach Greg Hayward for seven seasons and was part of the team’s WPIAL title in 1999 before taking the reins of the program beginning with the 2001 season.
Since then, Seneca Valley has had just two losing seasons and finished as WPIAL runner-up in 2007 and 2011. Trew’s teams have won 63 percent of their games.
The 2007 squad went 20-3 overall, with two of its losses coming against eventual PIAA runner-up Latrobe.
But wins are only a part of Trew’s passion for coaching.
“I enjoy seeing players improve during their time in high school, but the greatest satisfaction I get is seeing what they do after they leave here,” Trew said. “I’ve been able to coach a lot of great young ladies. A lot of them have gone on to accomplish a lot in both academics and athletics.”
Trew’s son, Ben, assisted his father for nine seasons at Seneca Valley. The latter is now in his first year as head coach for the varsity softball team at Central Mountain High School in Clinton County.
“He called me the day he got his first coaching win and it was the same day I got No. 200,” said Trew. “That was pretty neat.
“He’s always been interested in sports and I think coaching came naturally for him.”
The elder Trew said he has no plans to give up coaching any time soon.
“It’s never been a serious consideration of mine to not continue coaching,” he said. “I do the best I can to help the girls be successful. As long as I enjoy it, and I still do, I want to keep coaching.”