McBride hopes retirement isn’t total

BOURBON — While most folks approaching retirement count down the weeks, days and hours, Triton Elementary School teacher and high school softball coach Steve McBride isn’t one of those.
“I really haven’t given it much thought,” said McBride, who will retire May 31 after 40 years of teaching. “With coaching softball, I really haven’t had much time to think about it. I’ll probably think about it more after I’m retired.”
McBride’s teaching career has been split between three areas — sixth grade (nine years), fifth grade (21 years) and physical education (last 10 years).
In four decades as an educator, McBride said the biggest changes have been societal.
“When I first started it was more two-parent family,” he said. “It’s a national trend. The family unit has changed over the course of time.
“It also used to be a lot easier to discipline. When I started, when a child got in trouble at school, they got in trouble at home. I’m not saying that doesn’t exist today, but it’s not near to the extent as it was back then.”
Along with starting a flag football program, McBride has worn many coaching hats over the years — elementary school basketball, junior high and high school football, high school varsity baseball and softball. McBride coached Lorea Feldman, Triton’s first female basketball player at the elementary level, who was a 1984 Indiana All-Star and a four-time team MVP at Michigan. “We didn’t have girls teams, so she played on the boys team,” McBride said.
McBride has led the softball program for the last seven years, and elevated it to respectability. His top coaching memory remains the 2008 sectional championship. The Trojans scored a 5-3 win over Pioneer, which had won nine straight sectional crowns, before topping host Caston 10-5 for the title. “We had a group of girls who were seniors that won two games as freshmen — my first year as coach — and got beat like 30-0 several times,” McBride said. “It was very gratifying to see them win the sectional. They helped turn the program around.” When McBride’s full-time teaching career ends at month’s end , so does his contract as softball coach. He wants to make it clear — it’s a job he hopes to be rehired into.
“I definitely have an interest to continue in softball if the school corporation will hire me,” McBride said. Other post-retirement plans include a lot of family time and perhaps the occasional journey back to the classroom. “My wife (Mary) and I might do some traveling, and we have seven grandkids that we like to spend time with,” McBride said. “I might also do some substitute teaching. We’ll just kind of enjoy life.”