Last Updated: Thu Sep 15, 2022 - 5:12PM
A little more than two years removed from the conclusion of his playing career in college, Cam Auld couldn’t match coaching experience with many of the other candidates when he applied for the boys basketball opening at Greensburg Salem.
What Auld does offer, though, is a youthful energy and the desire to build success for the long term. That vision, coupled with valuable recommendations in his favor, resulted in Auld being approved by the Greensburg Salem school board as the new boys varsity coach on Wednesday night.
“No other word other than excited; just ready to go,” Auld said of his immediate reaction.
A 2016 graduate of Norwin, Auld continued his career on the hardwood at Waynesburg University. A four-year player for the Yellow Jackets, Auld graduated in 2020, and joined the Waynesburg coaching staff for the abbreviated 2021 season. At the same time, he helped out at nearby Waynesburg Central High School.
“I would go from a college practice at 3 o’clock to a high school practice at 6:30, and you have to talk to people a little different way. Your expectation level is a little different. The stuff you’re doing, obviously, is a little different,” Auld detailed.
Last year, Auld returned to his roots, serving as the ninth-grade coach at Norwin under the guidance of first-year varsity coach Lance Maha.
When previous Greensburg Salem boys coach Mark Zahorchak stepped down, Maha strongly encouraged Auld to apply, and was in his corner for the entire process. Maha wasn’t the only notable name who backed Auld as a candidate, though, as Waynesburg University head coach Tim Fusina and assistant AJ Uhl, who has since become a head coach elsewhere collegiately, also offered their support.
“I think the resume is not as long as some of the other candidates’ might’ve been. For me, I think the most important thing was the people in my corner,” Auld noted.
Residing in North Huntingdon, Auld will have a short trek to Greensburg Salem. But the road to sustained success could be lengthy, as the Golden Lions went just 3-19 overall last season, and 0-13 in the previous campaign.
“It starts with getting a lot of guys in the gym,” Auld said. “Just focusing on what we can do to get better every single day. I’m young, but I’m not naïve. I understand it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to be a process.”
With an abundance of energy for the job ahead, Auld believes the process will eventually yield results on the court. However, his coaching wins will be only a portion of his contributions if things go according to his plan.
“Ultimately, winning is the most important thing that I want to check off the list, but I want to be able to build relationships with my players,” he stated. “I want people to talk about me years down the road as a great coach and a person who they depend on as a great person, because I had those people in my life and I know how important they are to have.”