Despite a long and successful coaching career at Liberty Bell High School, Rocky Kulsrud remains modest as he moves into retirement.
Kulsrud, who has been the Mountain Lions’ head track coach since 2004, said earlier that he would retire after the 2019 track season.
“I believe that anything that was accomplished was because of a collective effort by athletes and coaches, not one individual,” Kulsrud said this week in an email. “I have had the privilege to work with many outstanding people in a variety of sports and over a lot of years. They’re the ones who deserve the credit.”
Kulsrud began coaching at Liberty Bell in the 1995-96 basketball season as an assistant to Mike Ankrom. He took over the program as head coach a year later and the team advanced to the state 1A tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
Showing his versatility, Kulsrud also coached football from 2006-2008, with one of those teams qualifying for the state playoffs.
Kulsrud started as an assistant track coach in 1999 before taking over the program give years later.
“I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to coach with some amazing people — Ken Shannon, Kyle Acord, Tim Boonstra and especially Erik Brooks and Katie Leuthauser,” Kulsrud said. “Anything that has been accomplished has been mainly because of some very gifted and dedicated student/athletes.”
During his tenure, Liberty Bell finished second in the state boys’ track meet in 2014, the boys won six league championships and the girls won five league championships. Six Liberty Bell athletes won state championships.
“As President Reagan once said, ‘There’s no limit to what a man can accomplish if he doesn’t care who gets the credit’” Kulsrud said. “I also would like to thank all the parents who have been gracious enough to allow me the privilege of working with their sons and daughters over the years.”