Old Timers

first_imgAt the banquet preceding the Midwest Meet of Champions in Ft. Wayne that I talked about yesterday, they honored coaches from Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan who have coached 50 or more years. Ohio had 2 and Indiana had 6. I happened to be one of them. The others included Bill Welch (Rose Hulman), Jim Egger (Elkhart), Dean Slavens (Goshen), Lafey Armatrout (Crown Point), and Gene Edmonds (Rensselaer). During the banquet and at the meet on Saturday we sat around and told stories we remembered about track in those earlier years of our coaching. Bill goes way back to WWII, and Gene almost as far. Dean and I just hit 50 coaching years last year. Bill works at the Indiana Track Hall of Fame in Terre Haute, and he is a wealth of information on the sport in Indiana. Dean started the MMC in 1974 with Bill Walker in Ft. Wayne. I was on the Indiana All-Star Staff for almost 15 years in the late 80’s and 90’s including two years as Indiana’s head girls’ coach. What one of us couldn’t remember, one of the others chimed in and filled in the blanks. We all remember those days of cinder tracks and the headaches of getting them ready for a meet. When you are all over 70, it is nice to recall your younger days and those great athletes we all had the opportunity to work with. One person we would have loved to have seen there was John Campbell of Gary who won several boys’ championships in a row in the 70’s. John went to administration before he had 50 years in. It was a great weekend and one I will remember for a long time.last_img

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