About Me

I was fortunate enough to have played four years of college football at Yale, under NCAA Hall of Fame Inductee and Miami of Ohio "Ring of Honor" member, Coach Carm Cozza. Much of what Carm taught me eluded me for some time (years, in specific instances), but the impact of his example filtered through - and continues to filter through - to me over the past 4+ decades. Winning is neither "everything" nor "the only thing", much as I hate to take exception to those famous words of Vince Lombardi. COMPETING, every time out, to the best of one's abilities on that given day IS "what it's all about."

I have always loved track and field, and my wife, Kathy, and I continue to celebrate the fact that our son is enjoying the opportunity to compete within a cross country and track & field community that consists of so many talented, admirable young men and women. May the lessons they learn now stay resident within them throughout their lives!

Discussion Posts

Topic/Message
6 years ago Is track & field really declining in popularity?
@geoffpietsch - Can't disagree, Geoff. Football really is, to a great extent, the preeminent fact...
6 years ago Is track & field really declining in popularity?
@geoffpietsch - Quite correct, Geoff. Title IX, while never intended to be the great "excuse" tha...
6 years ago Is track & field really declining in popularity?
@chris6878 - Great point about the ever-growing demands on time by football, even on a high schoo...
6 years ago Is track & field really declining in popularity?
The sport will never again enjoy the popularity it held in this country during the Cold War, simp...
6 years ago Is track & field really declining in popularity?
@multijumps - Thank you for correcting that statement, Multijumps. It is a misapplication of Titl...
6 years ago Article Comment: Ralph's Musings: Embry Riddle Spikes Classic
Loved this recap, Ralph, which was, as your articles always are, both informative and entertainin...
6 years ago Article Comment: In His Own Words: Macon Rodier - How My Throwing Career Started
The lesson you learned from over-preparing at the Florida Relays will remain resident within you ...
6 years ago Article Comment: This Is Why Our Sport Is Awesome
Great story, Jackson. Thank you for sharing what will no doubt remain with you throughout your ru...
6 years ago Article Comment: At the End of the Road: A Tale of Two Women
Another great and well-researched article, Ralph. Thank you. Hopefully, both Sue and Bonnie will ...
6 years ago Article Comment: Ask The Doctor: How Much Is Too Much? Over Racing During Track Season
Great info, Dr. Johnson! Thanks again for your contributions through this series of articles.
7 years ago Article Comment: Harvey Resigns Women’s Cross Country, Distance Coaching Post
Good luck in whatever your new venture may be, Coach Harvey!
7 years ago Article Comment: Martins, Armstrong Clock US#1 & US#3 4:18.65 4:19.81 At Rainy Lake Brantley Invitat
Congratulations Jordan, Franco and Christian! Great race, guys!
7 years ago Article Comment: Martins, Armstrong Clock US#1 & US#3 4:18.65 4:19.81 At Rainy Lake Brantley Invitat
Congratulations Jordan, Franco and Christian! Great race, guys!
7 years ago Article Comment: Sprint To The Finish: New Weekly Highlights Show From Flrunners
Really enjoyed this, Todd. A great addition to the site!
7 years ago Article Comment: WATCH: Nicole Carroll Clears 13'1.5 At Millrose Games
Great job, Nicole! We're proud of and happy for you!
7 years ago Article Comment: WATCH: Drew McMichael Debuts Outdoor Season With 16'1.5
Great jump, Drew! Congratulations and good luck on your season! Todd, as an FYI (one which eve...
7 years ago Article Comment: Let The Race Begin...
Good luck to you, your staff and your assistants, Coach Halliday! We'll look forward to seeing yo...
7 years ago Article Comment: Carroll Can't Wait To Compete With Best At Millrose Games
Good luck, Nicole!
7 years ago Article Comment: 2015 Avenues Mall Vault Entry List
Good luck to all of the vaulters!
7 years ago Article Comment: WATCH: Nicole Carroll Soars Over 13'0, New Meet Record, US#7 In 2015, Third All-Ti
@carolcarroll - Absolutely, Carol! I will send you a private message to give you a bit of backgro...
7 years ago Article Comment: WATCH: Nicole Carroll Soars Over 13'0, New Meet Record, US#7 In 2015, Third All-Ti
Congratulations, Nicole! You are clearly en route to a great season!!
7 years ago Article Comment: In Her Own Words: Brittany Bowald - Where It All Began
Good luck this season, Brittany!
7 years ago Article Comment: Kick of the Week Debut: The Terrell Jackson STARE DOWN
Why applaud such a lack of sportsmanship? Bizarre to feature it as a "positive."
7 years ago Article Comment: Ask The Doctor: The Female Triad
Great information; thank you, Dr. Johnson!!
7 years ago Article Comment: FACA Official Cross Country Rankings #4
Thanks for the 4A updated standings, Coach Fleitas!
7 years ago Article Comment: In Her Own Words: Sinclaire Johnson - Pre-State Awaits
Wonderful words of encouragement and "counsel", Sinclaire! Good luck tomorrow - and through the b...
7 years ago Article Comment: In Her Own Words: Sinclaire Johnson - Overcoming The Mental Block
Sinclaire, your willingness to be so forthright about your fears - even with the significant succ...
7 years ago Article Comment: XC Spotlight: Fatema Jaffer - Lake Mary
"I'll be a legal midget on November 2nd! I'm only 4'9.5!" LOL, Fatema! However, you will also b...
7 years ago Article Comment: In His Own Words: Franco Martins - Regaining My Mojo
Franco, kudos, young man, kudos!! As Bill Convey has already noted (and his resume as an athlete ...
7 years ago Article Comment: In His Own Words: Zach Bias - Stronger Every Week
Good luck this season, Zach!
7 years ago Article Comment: MileSplit USA Appoints New OhioMileSplit Web Master - Mark Stonecipher
Good luck, Mark! So great to have you as webmaster!!
7 years ago Article Comment: Scouting Reports: Lake Mary Boys
Wishing you well for a great season, Coach Corkins!
7 years ago Article Comment: Deanna Hill Heads West To Run For Southern Cal
Good luck in Southern California, Deanna. Great things to come for you, no doubt!
7 years ago Article Comment: Sad Day: Torrin Lawrence Dies in Tragic Accident
Amen, Jason. He did, indeed, seem exceptionally humble when we chatted with him after he hammere...
7 years ago Article Comment: Whitney Adds Another Honor: USATF Athlete of the Week
OUTSTANDING! Made even more so by the fact that from what I have read during the course of the pa...
7 years ago Article Comment: Whitfield Tweets About Return To Track: Sends Seminole Fans Into Frenzy
Good luck, Kermit! Coach Braman's championship talent pool just grew further!!
7 years ago Article Comment: Nigel Bethel: Man on a Mission, 10.46 and 21.01 @ UM Invite
Irak: You and I are in complete concurrence on one point, at the very least. A man should NOT ev...
7 years ago Article Comment: Nigel Bethel: Man on a Mission, 10.46 and 21.01 @ UM Invite
@Irak: Multiple sites reporting on his Twitter account message (since removed) that "trouble alwa...
7 years ago Article Comment: Nigel Bethel: Man on a Mission, 10.46 and 21.01 @ UM Invite
@Irak: Perhaps you require a "Well, until all of the facts are in..." extended "investigation" of...
7 years ago Article Comment: Nigel Bethel: Man on a Mission, 10.46 and 21.01 @ UM Invite
Pity is that his "mission" didn't include being man enough to NEVER hit a woman! Hopefully, this ...
7 years ago Article Comment: Alexa Efraimson 4:33.29 National Record for 1600!
GREAT race and it does, in fact, convert to a time that would break Polly Plumer's high school re...
7 years ago Article Comment: Coaching Champions: Ricky Argro - The First Academy
A wonderful young man and a tremendous asset to not only his own athletes, but the entire track &...
7 years ago Article Comment: Coaching Champions: Ricky Argro - The First Academy
A wonderful young man and a tremendous asset to not only his own athletes, but the entire track &...
7 years ago Article Comment: In His Own Words: Nike OTC Elite Jordan Schilit - New Challenges, New Opportunities
Good luck, Jordan!
8 years ago Article Comment: Striving Through Struggle
Wonderful of you to share this experience with others, Adair; thank you for providing such person...
8 years ago Article Comment: In His Own Words: Connor Ferrentino - The Road To Get Back On Track
You're off to a great start, Connor! With even greater promise ahead, there is no doubt that you...
8 years ago Article Comment: Strong Academics Lead Olinger Across The Atlantic To Prestigious Oxford
What an incredibly impressive choice, Brittney! Congratulations on your decision. We look forwa...
8 years ago Article Comment: In His Own Words: Amir Rasul - This Award Is For Moore
Amir, you bring wonderful perspective - and humility that is too rare in sport, at any level, tod...
8 years ago Article Comment: Martin Murillo: A Hammer Thrower's Journey Back Home & Beyond
Good luck in The Ivy League, Martin!!
9 years ago FLYRA West Regional Championship 2012
@jason AMEN, on your comments about how middle school track athletes are treated here in Florida,...