He has added a couple of studs since then.
Heard Petros speak. What a dynamic, enthusiastic, outside the box coach! No wonder he won an NC at Georgia. So glad Josh found another winner and was able to entice him to come to Illinois.
Sucks. Are we going to replace her? Or are we no longer placing much emphasis on cross country and middle distance or distance running? Or is that too pessimistic?Coach Haveman is leaving for a position with U. of Texas. Watch for Olivia Howell to follow. Texas stole Buford Bailey from us a decade ago.
She will be replaced. You are correct that coach plans to deemphasis distance events. He wants a national championship and that's not easy to accomplish if you spread your available resources over all events. There are basically three approaches. You can concentrate on distance events which allows you to double dip between cross country and track events. You can concentrate on sprints and hurdles since most great hurdlers can also be effective sprinters. Most programs do one of these. Petros has chosen a third approach, i.e. field events. He feels that this is the path of least resistance and, thus, the quickest way to the top since few other programs attempt it. Events like hammer, weight throw and javelin are seldom competed at the high school level in this country. Petros has many international connections in areas where they are held so he feels as though he can capitalize on them. He has also recruited a very strong husband/wife coaching team for the throws. If you look at his most recent recruiting class you will find lots of throwers and jumpers.Sucks. Are we going to replace her? Or are we no longer placing much emphasis on cross country and middle distance or distance running? Or is that too pessimistic?