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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Santa Cruz Sentinel Editorial: Hits and Misses, May 3, 2016: A coach’s legacy and a garden deal

The following is taken from the editorial found at this LINK.

HIT >> How does a coach take the smallest public high school in the county and transform it into a running powerhouse? That secret lies with San Lorenzo Valley High track and cross country coach Rob Collins. We offer a tip of our cap as he prepares to step down in June. The numbers are pretty stunning. During his 18-year tenure, Collins has amassed 11 Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League team championships in cross country and track, 14 Central Coast Section team championships and five state team titles. His runners have garnered 24 CCS individual titles, six state titles, two national titles and one national record. In the end, though, it’s not just about numbers. For nearly 20 years Collins has helped mold the lives of hundreds of young people, showing them what can happen when you combine smart training, hard work, passion and drive. Those lessons learned will play out over the lifetimes of his runners. Collins aims to spend some quality time with his family in Colorado, where his children and grandchildren reside, as his wife has advanced cancer. We wish the family the best.

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