Steve Kemp quits as high school track coach: Parents are a pillM55 hurdler and multi-eventer Steve Kemp last month quit his coaching job in the San Francisco Bay Area in the wake of the latest bane of high school teachers вЂ” parental interference and athlete disloyalty. Read this dismaying column in the San Jose Mercury News. Bottom line: High school coaches shouldn’t have to put up with this crap. Steve was profiled a few years back. Haven’t seen him lately. He won a 100-meter hurdles gold medal at 2003 Puerto Rico worlds after becoming known as a decathlete.
After posting this originally, Steve wrote me:
I entered Lahti but did not go. I have been away from competition since the Oshkosh Nationals in ’09. Was entered in Australia in Oct. 2009 but had an accident in training that may or may not end up to be a permanent end to my competing. (partial quad tendon tear that I had surgery on). It is the mobility of the knee (doesn’t bend all the way anymore) that is the issue to ever competing at a high level again. So, 2 yrs. later, still improving slowly but not quite there yet.