Maher signs with Duke
By Herald Sports
Photo Courtesy of WBHS 9
Brentwood’s Jack Maher has signed with Duke University to continue his track and field career. Joining the celebration are: (front row) John Maher, Jack Maher, Margie Maher; (back row) Gary Kinder(track coach), Ronnie Seigenthaler(track coach, BHS athletic director)
Brentwood High School student Jack Maher, son of John and Margie Maher of Brentwood, has signed with Duke University accepting a scholarship to be part of the school’s track and field program.
Maher is a national champion and All-American shot putter.
“I have known Jack since he was only four or five years old. He has competed in several sports and done every sport well, said Coach Gary Kinder, Maher’s throwing coach and also a 1988 Olympic athlete.
“I was so happy when he decided to become a ‘track guy’ his sophomore year. I felt really lucky to be working with him as a national-caliber athlete.”
Maher competed during track season his sophomore year at Brentwood High School and went on to compete in the Tennessee State Meet. His success at the state level led him to be invited to compete at two national meets—the New Balance Outdoor Nationals and the AAU Club Nationals.
Maher was named an All-American at the New Balance event, placing fifth with a throw of 55’ 11.75.” Maher placed first at the AAU Club Nationals after a personal best throw of 58’ 3.5,” which was almost two feet further than any other shot putter in Tennessee for the calendar year according to data reported by Mile Split.
In October of 2012, Maher suffered a severe shoulder injury during a high school football game. The injury required surgery and Maher was unable to participate in any sports for nearly a year. He has been training all winter and hopes to regain his form this spring.
Maher is continuing a family tradition with his decision to attend Duke University, a tradition that is now three-siblings in the making as two of Maher’s sisters, Beth and Jennifer, also attended Duke. Beth was also a track and field athlete and set indoor and outdoor shot put records as well as a javelin record during her time at Duke.
“Jack comes from the highly successful Maher lineage,” said Coach Ronnie Seigenthaler, Brentwood High School Athletic Director and also head track and field coach for the school.
“I have been blessed to coach all of his siblings and they —like Jack—are all incredibly talented. Jack has a wonderful work ethic and I have enjoyed coaching him. I am so proud of his success, and I know he will do well at Duke.”
Posted on: 2/27/2014