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Coach Ondriezek changed my life


Last updated 3/11/2020 at 12:50pm

How do you say thank you to someone who changed the course of your life, especially 40 years later? Do high school teachers really have an impact on a young person’s life?

In 1977, I was a very small, 95-pound high school freshman attending Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida. Because of my size and long blonde hair, I was a natural target of bigger kids for teasing, and didn’t make much of an impression on anyone.

While not a bad kid, I had no discipline, no goals in life, and no idea what I should be doing.

All that changed when the wrestling coach, John Ondriezek, walked up...

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