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Easy Chair - Gerry Auth Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

AGE: 38

OCCUPATION: Father to three amazing children, Director of CHARIHOtech, South County’s Career & Technical Center, youth baseball, volleyball, basketball and softball coach, and President of the Westerly Girls Softball League.

RESIDENCE: Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in Cheshire, Conn., and moved to Westerly in first grade.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Communicating with families in southern Rhode Island about the benefits of a career & technical education at one of the state’s top high schools, Chariho Regional High School. In my free time my wife Laurel and I coach our kids in the different sports they play. Right now we’re focused on volleyball and basketball. We have a pretty hectic schedule in the Auth household these days!

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: With my family. We have entered that busy time of life where each kid is on at least one team, and my older ones are playing on rec and travel teams at the same time. I don’t know how we make it work, but somehow, we never miss a practice or game.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Three happy, healthy, athletic, well behaved, motivated, children.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a devoted father to my three children, a good coach and mentor to all the kids on my teams, and an educator that made a difference in someone’s life.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Running the Boston Marathon.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Cell phone, keys, wallet, and radio when at school. Seinfeld was on to something with that European Carry-all!

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A professional athlete.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My parents were great role models for my brother, sister and me. They showed me that you can work hard and still have fun. I’ve also had inspiring coaches through the years. Coach Wriedt, the former Westerly High School Baseball Coach, had a significant influence on my athletic career by creating high expectations for student athletes on and off the field. Lastly, I’ve been blessed to work with many talented leaders in the Cranston and Chariho school systems to help develop me personally and professionally.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Malcolm Gladwell. I’m not a big reader, but I read "Outliers" this summer and really enjoyed it.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: A constant rotation of children’s books my son Grady and I cycle through before bed each night. Right now we’re reading "Baseball Superstars 2018."

I AM LISTENING TO: Sports Talk Radio … Go Red Sox!

FAVORITE MOVIE: "The Last of the Mohicans."

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: "The Greatest Showman," with my daughter, Lyla.

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: "Peaky Blinders," "Seinfeld," "Rome," and anything Boston sports related.

FAVORITE SONGS: My running playlist includes Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Imagine Dragons and many others.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Peanut butter.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: CHARIHOtech is now on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a new YouTube channel. Check us out @CHARIHOtech.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: A sense of humor.

PET PEEVE: Lack of effort.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: We are what we repeatedly do, excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: South County’s top educational facility: CHARIHOtech.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My children.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m the worst athlete in my family.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Nobody cares, work harder.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: If you can’t outplay them, out work them.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Make sure every child receives a quality education.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Invest in my children to make sure they are educated and develop the essential skills to be successful in the future.

I DRIVE A: Black 2011 Camry.

I WISH I DROVE A: A pickup truck.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Milk, fruit, and peanut butter.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: The 2018 World Series Champion, Boston Red Sox. My kids are at that fun age where they are starting to pay attention to professional sports, and this year the Red Sox really showed what it meant to be a team.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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