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Q & A with Wayne Emenheiser

Donegal High School girls’ varsity softball coach Wayne Emenheiser may nearly bleed green and white – which should not come as a surprise. Emenheiser has had Donegal and Donegal athletics in his blood since the 1980s when he attended the school district himself and played on the 1984 District 3 Championship boys’ basketball team before graduating that same year.

In 1998, Emenheiser returned to his high school alma mater as the ninth-grade boys basketball coach, a role he held for 11 years before transitioning in 2009 to his current position as the girls varsity softball head coach.

In addition to his decade of softball coaching experience at Donegal, Emenheiser has been heavily involved in local softball throughout the last 20 years, including serving as the Mount Joy Athletic Association (MJAA) softball commissioner for three years and as a MJAA softball coach for seven years. Emenheiser also spent nine years coaching and managing Junior Olympic softball, including assistant coaching the PA Razorbacks from 2011-2013 and the Keystone Krush 18-and-Under “A” Team from 2005-2010. 

Today, Emenheiser resides in Mount Joy with his wife of 28 years, Michele, and their daughter Madilyn.

Q: Why is community support important for Donegal Athletics? Community support is so important for Donegal High School athletics because it gives our athletes the opportunities to experience more than the basics of high school athletics.

Donegal Athletic Club has been a big part of that with the financial support of many projects to improve our facilities. The support received from the fan base of community is also remarkable. I can still picture looking up in the crowd when we played at PSU for the state championship in 2017 and seeing a wave of green everywhere.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about being a coach? My favorite thing about being a coach is being able to see how much our players grow as players and young ladies in the four years they are with us. This may be my favorite thing of all! We have had the pleasure of having former players return after college to help coach and former players in the stands cheering for us with their families and young children.

Q: What has been your best moment as a coach? There are just too many to mention! We have been fortunate enough to play in so many big games over the 10 years I have been here. If I had to pick one, I guess it would be winning states in 2017, not just because we had won states but because of how hard that group had worked over the previous three years to get to that game. They had come so close over those three years, losing heart breaking games in states every year.

Q: What’s your philosophy on coaching? My philosophy as a coach is simple: play the game the right way all the time, know your role and do it to the best of your abilities, play hard, never give up, have fun, and be humble and respectful of your teammates and opponents.

Q: What makes Donegal Athletics so special? I believe what makes Donegal High School athletics so special is the dedication of our coaches. The length of time our coaches have been at Donegal speaks volumes for the success we have had over the years. I personally am blessed with a great staff and volunteer coaching staff that allows us to get so much work done in practice. I also believe our athletes feel a great pride in playing for Donegal.

Q: What do you want your athletes to take away from being on your team? Tough question; I guess it would be that they enjoyed their time playing at Donegal and that they were able to experience the opportunity of being part of a successful team that worked hard to accomplish great things. I hope that they would also feel like they are part of the Donegal High School softball family forever.