One of the people in Heps track & field that I have known the longest — Penn coach Charlie Powell — is stepping down effective immediately and assistant Robin Martin will be taking over as the interim coach for 2011-12. For me, Heps without Charlie will be a much different place as he has been a friend for more than two decades. From the release:
“For almost three full decades I have had the honor and pleasure of being around some of the most outstanding young men imaginable while here at Penn,” said Powell, who was in his 25th season as the program’s head coach and his 30th with the program overall. “I have tried, in some small way, to assist every one of them on their road to outstanding achievement and great accomplishments in life. I must admit, I loved every minute of my 29 years here, and I will always call Penn and this program my own and my home.
“The pride, the camaraderie, the competitive fire, the work ethic, and the efforts put out on a daily basis by the men in this program have always left me in awe,” he continued. “It has always meant something special to be part of Penn Track & Field, and I only hope that I did my part during my time at the helm to keep the traditions alive and well. However, at this point in time, I must step away from coaching and reduce the stress in my life for health reasons. I would like to be around to see as many Heptagonal Championships and Penn Relays as I can while watching my children grow up, and I know that those of you who know me and my priorities will understand. Thank you all. It has been a great journey.”
Full release here.