Track Head Coach French Also ‘Mom Cheerleader’ for Football

Madeline Jaloszynski, Staff Writer, Journalism

Two years ago Molly French accepted the job of head track coach at Notre Dame Academy after the resignation and death of the legendary John Nowak.

In high school French committed to Texas A&M to run track and cross country, but her  senior year she returned to Green Bay to attend UW-GB. After her final year there, she moved back down South.

Three kids later, including the well known Fuzz French, the French family decided family mattered most and returned home to Green Bay.

In talking about her family, French stated,”We’ve been very lucky.”

After returning to Green Bay, Coach John Nowak, track head coach, invited French to coach alongside him in track.

As the assistant track coach working with runners, French planned workouts, worked on “arms and heads” with the runners, and stressed building upper body strength.

She said she used most of her workout schemes from college but made them “easier” for the high school level.

French has led many athletes in a very positive direction. For example, she spent a lot of time teaching James Bosco, who is blind, how to throw shot put.

Molly French has one child left at Notre Dame, a senior and one of the varsity football captains. The track coach attends every single football game. French is always supporting her son, in, according to Mrs. Carolyn Brown, a very loud fashion. Consequently, French acknowledges she is known as the “mom cheerleader.”

“I’ve always been invested in the game,” she explained. Fuzz’s older brother played football as well. In addition, the French family members are devout Packer fans, and her parents hold season tickets.

“Whatever you do here, do it well.  High school and college are two different things. Stay here, and be here in this moment.  Don’t be in a rush to leave,” the coach advised when discussing the difference between college and high school activities.