Monday, January 5, 2009

The Athlete Becomes The Coach

It seems that the high school runner of my caliber, naturally evolves from high school athlete, into college athlete and finally into Coach. I have had the pleasure of witnessing this transition in several of my friends. In talking to them in recent weeks, it is easy to see how much coaching means to them. Its impressive to me how much these high school teenagers can change our lives for the better. While we mold their minds and bodies. They in turn mold our minds and bodies.

Pete Raak UVMXC 2002 -
Pete coaches the Geneva Viking in Illinois. He has helped the head coach build a dominate program in a very competitive state.
-1st place women in state 2007 and 2008, 1st place midwest NXN 2008
-3rd place me in state 2008, 4th place midwest NXN 2008

Kent Taylor UVMXC 2003 -
Kent coaches the Norton Lancers in Massachusetts. He has had several athletes who made All State Scholastic Honorable Mention and one athlete who made All States.

Chris Van Cott UVMXC 2003 -
Chris coaches the Needham Rockets in Massachusetts. He took his boys 4x8 team to all states. They ran 8:16 to qualify. He coached one girl to a 5:13 mile and 11:12 two mile.

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