It seems like N.C. A&T has really turned on and taken a heavy stance against, what would now be their former Track and Field coach, Roy â€œSpacemanâ€ Thompsonâ€¦I am aware of the death of the young runner from Raleigh, and some irregularities in the way Coach Thompson ran his program, but look at his term of service to the University and the community, 26 yearsâ€¦â€¦..
Coach Roy â€œSpacemanâ€ Thompson created a track and field environment in the city of Greensboro and I donâ€™t think he should be forced to go out like this, with a young manâ€™s death, being his lasting legacyâ€¦â€¦Any thoughts on this one?????
Look at all the good this man has done in and around the community……
Questions we need to look at:
Do all of the colleges have medical attendees at all of their practices……How many unorganized workouts have there been at various locations over the years????? What about all the summer programs that Coach Thompson has helped lead over the years????? As he walks away on December 1, he is being made out to be a crimminal and the responsiblity of the death that occurred, is being placed firmly on his shoulders, for some reason that we can not understand…..
What others are saying:
â€œWeâ€™re sitting on the sidelines wondering what this might mean,â€ said Kim Strable, director of the Greensboro Sports Commission. He said he would like A&T to continue hosting track meets, which can bring thousands of athletes and their families to the city for competition.
â€œIf heâ€™s retiring Dec. 1, I see that means that he wonâ€™t coach the track season,â€ Strable said.
â€œThatâ€™s a sad ending to his tenure there.â€
Henri Fourrier, president of the Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, credited Thompson for helping build the cityâ€™s reputation as a hotbed for running.
â€œGreensboro is now in that mix,â€ Fourrier said. â€œEugene, Ore., and Boston used to be a destination.â€
Lonnie Phifer, one of his fellow coaches on the Greensboro Champions, a youth track team Thompson helped form, said that he was shocked by the announcement of Thompsonâ€™s retirement.
â€œHe designed the track, he did everything for this school,â€ Phifer said. â€œItâ€™s sad to see everything come to a halt like this.â€
Phifer, who said heâ€™s known Thompson for 30 years, offered thoughts on Jospin Milanduâ€™s death and the A&T reaction.
â€œIt just seemed like everyone just pointed fingers when it was really the universityâ€™s fault, not the track teamâ€™s fault,â€ he said.
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