by Todd Peterson
Tom Priester's name is synonymous with success, both at Southwestern Central School where he was a coaching fixture for more than four decades and as a highly-revered track and field official.
Born in 1939, his athletic career began around the age of 12 when he played one year of Little League baseball. In North East (Pa.) High School, sports activities were limited during the 1950s, but Priester spent two years playing varsity basketball, was on the varsity track team for two years and was the manager of the football team for four years.
Priester then went to Slippery Rock University where he played soccer all four years, graduating in 1962.