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Coach happy to be home

April 26, 2012
EDGAR?KELLEY IN?THE?BOX , The Inter-Mountain

Ask any coach, no matter the sport, and more than most of them will tell you they enjoy what they do.

During this spring season, it would be hard to find any mentor happier than Elkins High School girls track coach Scott Biola.

While his elation has to do in part with to his team's performance on the track, it's mostly because he's finally made it back home.

Biola, who was a track and cross country runner himself at Elkins High School, always dreamed of coaching at his alma mater.

"It's definitely nice to be back home," Biola said. "I always envisioned returning to Elkins someday, and after a long journey, I finally made it back. I couldn't be any happier."

Biola and his wife, Johanna Fisher-Biola, started dating while competing in both track and cross country at Elkins High School. Biola recalls that the two talked about someday returning to the area and doing exactly what they are doing now.

"We talked about our future when we were in high school and we both wanted to come back to Elkins someday," he said. "We've been biding our time and now we're where we want to be. We love the small town atmosphere and wanted to be back around our families."

Both the Biolas went on to earn degrees from West Virginia University. Johanna, who is a former West Virginia state champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, ran both track and cross country for the Mountaineers.

"She's always definitely been the better runner between the two of us," Biola admitted. "There's no double about it."

After graduating from WVU, the couple moved to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, where Scott spent the last eight seasons coaching track and cross country at Jefferson High School.

"It was hard to leave where we were, but home is home," Biola said. "I don't know if we would have left for anywhere else."

Biola said coaching and teaching at Elkins brings back a lot of memories from his days at the school.

"I see kids in my classroom and running on the track, and I see myself," he said. "The kids are doing the same exact things and sitting in the same classrooms I was, so that makes it more meaningful to me."

Biola, who is a social studies teacher at EHS, said it's been pleasing seeing his youthful team grow and progress in his first season at his alma mater.

"We have a lot of freshmen on this year's team," he said. "We continue to work hard every day and we've improved a lot since the season began. It's been fun watching the team grow."

Elkins will compete in a home track meet today before traveling to Charleston's Laidley Field for the Gazette Relays on Friday and Saturday.

Biola and his wife, who is a doctor at Direct Care, have two children, Julia, who is 3 years old, and Seneca, who is 1.



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