HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY: Bandys’ Sigmon retires as head coach

Published Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Former star runner at Bunker Hill has also coached at Fred T. Foard

 

SIGMON’S SUCCESS
The accomplishments of teams coached by Alan Sigmon, who is retiring from teaching and coaching after 30 years at Bandys High:
BANDYS
— Conference boys’ cross country titles: 5 (2004, 2012-15).
— Conference boys’ cross country second-place finishes: 9.
— Conference boys’ cross country finishes in top 2: 14.
— Conference boys’ cross country finishes in top 4: 24.
— Conference girls’ cross country titles: 2 (1995-96).
— Conference girls’ cross county second-place finishes: 4.
— Conference girls’ cross country finishes in top 3: 10.
FRED T. FOARD
— Conference boys’ cross country second-place finishes: 2.

 

By CHRIS HOBBS

HobbsDailyReport.com

CATAWBA – Alan Sigmon — a championship runner and title-winning head coach in high schoool track and field and cross country — is retiring.

Sigmon’s decision to leave teaching and coaching after 30 years at Bandys was announced by the Bandys athletic department via a press release.

SIGMON

He was a star runner at Bunker Hill in track and field and cross country, and has chronicled the history of the sport in the Greater Hickory area since his own prep running days.

As he has for years, Sigmon continues to work on record-keeping in his favorite sports. Upon completion, he plans to post that information online.

“We are losing a phenomenal teacher, coach and mentor for our kids,” Bandys Athletic Director Brandon Harbinson said in the press release. “Coach Sigmon’s shoes will be extremely hard to fill, but we are grateful for his service to our students and athletes at Bandys High School over the last three decades.

“We wish him the very best!”

Sigmon has been involved in virtually every major track and field and cross country event in the region over a period of about four decades and is considered an expert in those sports.

He became head cross country coach at Bandys in 1990 after working as an assistant coach at Bunker Hill in 1988.

In 1984 and 1985, he was cross country head coach at Fred T. Foard, moving into that role after one year as an assistant coach.

Sigmon was head boys’ track coach from 1984-86 at Fred T. Foard and girls’ track and field coach at Bandys from 1990-98.

 

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