Margaret Jean Fedak, Massachusetts – 2009
Margaret Jean Fedak received her degree from Russell Sage College and continued her education with a master’s degree from Boston University and post grad courses at Worcester State College. A health and fitness teacher and coach of volleyball and swimming at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA, she has spent over 33 years working and promoting sports for girls and women.
Russell Sage College, a college for women, instilled in her that only her dreams were her limit and that she was “a women of influence.” Margaret considers teaching and coaching as “privileges” and is astonished to find herself a role model simply for doing what she enjoys. She tells her students to “find something you are passionate about, develop good skills and gain vast knowledge about your passion and then share that with others.” That is exactly what she has done. Through her career, Margaret has taught swimming to Girl Scouts, choreographed synchronized swimming routines, taught senior citizen women and stroke victims to swim, and coached competitive swimming. Instilling in other women “a sense of self-esteem and self-respect, as well as a strong value system, and a belief that athletics enable women to become more well-rounded, healthier individuals” has been a driving force in her life.
Among her awards are several for Coach of the Year. She was also the recipient of the 2009 New Agenda- Northeast / MIAA Girls and Women in Sport Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the MA Girls’ Volleyball Coaches’ Hall of Fame