Northern Bedford tabs Meck as coach

Ex-Ridge leader replaces Hicks

LOYSBURG — Northern Bedford’s School Board hired Randy Meck, on a unanimous vote, to become the new boys varsity basketball coach at the school Tuesday.

Meck has 14 years of head coaching experience at Tussey Mountain, Forbes Road and Chestnut Ridge, where he helped the Lions win their first-ever league title.

“I’ve always been around basketball, but when my wife passed away, I needed time away,” said Meck, who most recently coached at Tussey Mountain before the death of his first wife, Jennifer. “I wasn’t sure if it was the right time to get back into it until I interviewed, and I felt really comfortable and that Northern is the right place for me.”

The Black Panthers went 3-18 last season under Shawn Hicks. Hicks led Northern Bedford for five years and finished 30-62 in his time at the school.

“We are very excited to have someone with the knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm of Randy’s caliber taking over our boys program,” Northern Bedford athletic director Jeff Batzel said.

Meck has a career record of 155-158 but helped turn Forbes Road and Chestnut Ridge around when the teams had been struggling prior to his tenure. Meck, a Tussey Mountain graduate, has coached his entire career in District 5.

“It definitely does make it easier, staying in the district,” Meck said. “I recently remarried, and my wife (Marina) has been telling me to get back into it. Living in Broad Top City and teaching at Chestnut Ridge, Northern Bedford is on the way home and it makes it a lot easier.”

Meck, who has a 6-year old son named Jalen that he said he’d like to have be around the game of basketball, teaches fifth grade science at Chestnut Ridge.

“I’m really excited. Northern Bedford has a lot of tradition in their sports, and I’m excited to be part of it,” Meck said. “I want to be a leader, work hard, stress defense and fundamentals and not be out-worked by anyone.”