Christo­pher Dock coach Ed Mol­nar calls it a ca­reer

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - By An­drew Marcus

It was only one of the thou­sand games where coach Ed Mol­nar brought his lineup to home plate prior to a base­ball game. But as the Christo­pher Dock skip­per went to ex­change pre-game words with the day’s op­pos­ing coach, the un­ex­pected fa­mil­iar­ity with the fel­low added a unique and spe­cial twist to the af­ter­noon.

It did not take long for Mol­nar to re­al­ize his new­est op­po­nent was once a player for the vet­eran coach. It was small in­stances like those that rein­sured Mol­nar his years coach­ing base­ball were ac­com­plish­ing what he sHW RuW GR whHn hH firsW JRW into the role.

“Some guys in North Coven­try Town­ship were des- per­ate for a coach,” Mol­nar said. “I was a young guy and never had done it be­fore. It was more so they needed help and I found out I en­joyed it.”

6LnFH WhDW firsW FRDFhing job Mol­nar took with NorCh­ester Amer­i­can Le­gion team, he has seen a num­ber of his pupil’s be­came coaches, be­come um­pires and play at the col­le­giate level. Mol­nar may not have al­ways been the most vis­i­ble pres­ence in the Har­leysville community, but has been deeply in­volved with base­ball in the area ever since mov­ing in 1967 with his wife.

“The teams I have coached over the years have been in­volved with 21 dif­fer­ent cham­pi­onships,” Mol­nar said. “I had around a .700 win­ning per­cent­age over all the years that I coached.”

Mol­nar has coached in the Har­leysville Con­nie Mack and Lit­tle League, the Soud­er­ton Area School Dis­trict and his most re­cent gig, as the var­sity coach for Christo­pher Dock. Af­ter three years with the Pi­o­neers, Mol­nar has de­cided to hand his lineup sheets over the next gen­er­a­tion of coaches for good. In mid-July Mol­nar in­formed Christo­pher Dock of his re­tire­ment from coach­ing.

“It was tough mak­ing the de­ci­sion to re­tire,” Mol­nar said. “I am 72 years old and that was the main rea­son. I still have a lot of en­ergy left in me, but I just felt it was go­ing to hap­pen some­time and this year was the year I de­cided to do it.”

,n hLs firsW sHDsRn wLWh WhH Pi­o­neers, Mol­nar man­aged to achieve the high­light of a life­time when he won the PIAA Class A cham­pi­onship. The level of tal­ent on the team, led by Ryan Seiz and Bran­don Re­ichart, was off the charts, but what made the 2010 sea­son re­ally spe­cial was hav­ing grand­son, Matt Sharayko, on the squad.

“I knew just about all of the kids on the team be­cause I fol­lowed them up with my grand­son,” Mol­nar said. “The state cham­pi­onship GHfinLWHOy hDs WR EH DW WhH precipices. What­ever the age group I had I en­joyed, but that was my great­est ac­com­plish­ment.”

While the wins were won­der­ful, Mol­nar found that the life lessons he could teach as a coach is what kept him in the dugout for decades. Mol­nar was also proud of the con­tri­bu­tions he was able to make, such as the out­fiHOG IHnFH DnG sFRrHERDrG he helped Christo­pher Dock add in 2011.

“Win­ning is one thing I was al­ways striv­ing for, but there is a lot more to life than win­ning,” Mol­nar said. “I tried to stress the other im­por­tant things in life, like re­spect for the other play­ers, coaches and um­pires.”

It was Mol­nar’s sec­ond love, bank­ing, that helped him take his re­la­tion­ships from Har­leysville Sav­ings BDnN WR WhH EDOO fiHOGs. Mol­nar was the pres­i­dent and CEO for 40 years and still is the Chair­man of the Board.

“There are a lot of things in life that are im­por­tant,” Mol­nar said. “I have al­ways come with the at­ti­tude that I am blessed in a lot of ways and I want to give back. My busi­ness con­nec­tions have helped me give back to the base­ball community and that is very sat­is­fy­ing.”

Even though Mol­nar no longer has the com­mit­ment of coach­ing a team full time, there is no doubt you still wLOO EH DEOH WR finG 0ROnDr DrRunG WhH EDOO fiHOGs. (G Mol­nar is what they call a base­ball lifer.

“I would not mind help­ing some of the younger kids out around Har­leysville,” Mol­nar said. “I can help them with some of the skills I have learned over the years. I’m not ready to just sit in the rock­ing chair yet.”

Long-time coach Ed Mol­nar has stepped down as the base­ball coach at Christo­pher Dock.

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