Flint Hill School hires new track and field coach for the spring season

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Flint Hill School hires new track and field coach for the spring season

Track athletes have been running on the snow-covered track for the first few weeks of the season.

Track athletes have been running on the snow-covered track for the first few weeks of the season.

Photo Credit: Photo credit: Zane Homsi

Track athletes have been running on the snow-covered track for the first few weeks of the season.

Photo Credit: Photo credit: Zane Homsi

Photo Credit: Photo credit: Zane Homsi

Track athletes have been running on the snow-covered track for the first few weeks of the season.

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This year, Flint Hill added three new track coaches to the roster, with Robert Davis at its head. Davis is starting the season off with snow beneath his sneakers and hopes that his coaching will help Flint Hill’s track and field team have a winning season.

An experienced coach, Davis has been instructing for the past 32 years with a few breaks in between.  However, he did not start running track until the latter half of his high school career. Since then, he has dedicated a majority of his life to the sport.

“I was actually a junior in high school when I started running track,” said Davis. “My PE teacher had noticed that I was quick and recommended that I start running track the following spring. I was convinced I was a sprinter, but during my senior year found out that the 800 meter was my race.”

 This year’s track athletes truly appreciate Davis’ commitment to the team and can already picture a successful season ahead.

Student-athlete and junior Amar Bhatia said, “He is an incredibly passionate coach and you can tell he has a true love for the sport. He has a ton of experience that is evident in how he conducts practice and the expectations he has for the athletes.”

Davis has assembled a great coaching staff including including hurdle coach, James Pattison, and distance coach, Ethan Katts, both of whom ran their respective races at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

Having decorated athletes as coaches in the program has proved to be critical in the individual performances.

“We are so lucky to have experienced coaches on the team that have ran track at the professional level,” said junior and 800-meter runner Darron Coley. “I have had my best time drop when I was under truly professional workout conditions. These [coaches] were a great addition to the team. 

Davis’s goal for this season has been subject to a great deal of change over the past few weeks due to roster changes during the preseason weeks. He wants the boys to end up in the upper half of the MAC championship lineup. However, since fewer girls than boys came to the tryouts, goals have been set on a more personalized basis.

Davis was apprehensive to commit to a set number of seasons that he will work with the Flint Hill track program, but did say, “I will be here for a while to give the program some consistency for sure.”

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