The Moon Area School District (MASD) will celebrate the contributions of the late William “Rip” Scherer in the naming of the playing field at Tiger Stadium in his honor at the football game on Friday, September 14, 2018, during half-time.
Scherer served as the athletic director for MASD in 1969 and served the District for 22 years. Holding positions as athletic director, health and physical education department chair, and head football coach, Scherer’s influence spanned multiple facets of the District.
From 1970-1981, he expanded the athletic opportunities at Moon Area by adding girls’ basketball, softball, tennis, gymnastics, field hockey, track, bowling, volleyball, soccer, and cross country teams. Scherer’s dedication to equal opportunity is displayed in the addition of these teams as the Title IX guidelines were not yet in place. During these formative years, he also added boys’ wrestling, cross country, bowling, and soccer programs to the District.
Scherer’s passion to see youth flourish in athletic programs displays only a fraction of his impact in the community. He proved to be a leader in the community as he established and led programs such as the District’s Drug and Alcohol Program; adult education classes; summer recreation programs, including those with special needs; and the Moon-Crescent Athletic Association, which is still in operation today.
The William “Rip” Scherer Memorial Recognition Committee has been working to honor the service and contributions of Mr. Scherer and was approved on April 9, 2018, by the Moon Area School District Board of Education to move forward with the dedication of the field. The committee to honor Scherer consists of former colleagues, peers, friends, and administrators of the District; David Hays, Ray Paulos, Terry Kushner, Tim O’malley, Michael Hauser, Dennis Scott, Ron Ledbetter, and Nina Rizos.