After 36 Years’ Service, Nugent Retires from Spring-Ford

Dr. Patrick Nugent, at top, surrounded by the high school’s 2020 class officers

ROYERSFORD PA – After 36 years of service to the Spring-Ford Area School District, high school Principal Dr. Patrick Nugent has announced he will retire Aug. 7, the district reported.

Nugent, himself a 1980 Spring-Ford graduate, returned to the district to start his career in 1984 as an educator in its health and physical education department.

He was considered “instrumental,” the district said, in the successes of its football and wrestling programs. As head wrestling coach, Nugent’s teams won nine league championships and he was recognized seven times as ‘Coach of the Year’ seven times. He was later inducted into the Tri-County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the PIAA District I Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame.

Nugent moved from the classroom and athletic arena into administration with “the same level of allegiance, passion and ambition,” the district added. He first served as high school assistant principal, and then took on the leadership role of high school principal for the last 18 years.

He was responsible, in part for “increased student opportunities in Advanced Placement courses, dual enrollment at local colleges, athletics, fine arts, and the expansion of virtual courses offered at the high school, it said.

Outside his office, Nugent has served as high school liaison with the Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce, the Spring-Ford Education Foundation, the Spring-Ford Rotary Club, as president of the Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC), and serves on the PIAA Board of Control for District One.

In a letter announcing his retirement to his peers, Nugent called them “a great group of talented, intelligent individuals. While I am sure I could share all kinds of advice I will leave you with this: treat people as you would like to be treated, never forget where you came from, and most importantly, always be loyal to yourself, spouse, family, colleagues, and friends.”

Photo supplied by the Spring-Ford Area School District