Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ringgold hires AD, loses baseball coach

The Ringgold School Board hired Ron McMichael as its athletic director at Wednesday's meeting. McMichael replaces Lloyd Price, who resigned abruptly as Ringgold's athletic director and football coach in late March.

McMichael is the athletic director at The Neighborhood Academy, a college-preporatory school for low-income students located in Pittsburgh. McMichael started the athletic program at the school, which competes in the WPIAL.

McMichael lives in the Ringgold school district and his wife Jen is an assistant track coach. McMichaeLinkl also helps compile a WPIAL boys track honor roll with Steve Tinker at

In other Ringgold news, Brett Grandstrand has resigned as baseball coach. Grandstrand, a former Pittsburgh Pirates draft pick who spent three years with the Washington Wild Things, went 15-23 in two seasons. Ringgold completed its season Monday.


Anonymous said...

this guy is obviously being hired because of his wife's activities at the school. By the way, The Neighborhood Academy is NOT in the WPIAL. There website doesn't even acknowledge athletics.

Anonymous said...

The girls basketball team is very prominent amongst the city schools and plays a huge contingent of wpial schools and has a great deal of success for a school its size. The track program is a phenomenal program as far a producing state qualifiers and wpial medalists. Their students go out and compete at all major wpial invitationals and have won track and field invitationals as well. McMichael built the program from the ground up and their student athletes take great pride in their sports teams as well as the school. Do your homework before you talk smack. The Neighborhood Academy participate in several WPIAL sports, just because you can't find it on the web does not mean its there. Talk to me in a few years when the Ringgold athletic teams are finally competing in the playoff and student participation is way up.

Sarcastic Sword said...

If you look really hard, you can find athletics on The Neighborhood Academy website but its only a few lines and the main concept is that the school looks at athletics as a "culture of participation"..The only WPIAL sport that this school (100-150 students)participates in is track. This isnt a full-time job there...He is a phys ed teacher with AD duties as a part time responsibility. Ringgold always hires a candidate at their salary..Out of 88 applicants - no way is he the most qualified...Now hes coming to a AAA that needs a football coach and baseball coach and hes going to be learning on the job. This is right out of the Ringgold school bd playbook.