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Letter from Coach White

Coach White just sent the following e-mail to the members of the track team:

Hello Gang,

I hope all is well and that you are enjoying the summer, making a lot
of money and spending quality time with your family. As you know, in
February, the college decided not to renew my contract. I appealed
the decision as I do not agree with their stated reasons. I just
received a letter that my appeal was denied, after several months.
Although I am extremely disappointed, I am not surprised, as the
rules are written by Williams for Williams. I just wish I had the
opporunity to speak to those that I have worked for or with for the
last seven years. There are a lot of people and things I will miss,
and some I will not. However life goes on and I will make the best of it.

Coaches Farley and Farwell will continue to lead you, and the team
will not miss a beat. There is no one person, coach or athlete, whose
loss cannot be overcome. I expect great things to continue as I
really believe the best is yet to come. Work together and be positive
and supportive of each other. I would be disappointed with anything less.

I have loved my seven years at Williams. As a coaching staff and team
it is second to none. I took a tremendous amount of pride in you and
possibly cared TOO much but your efforts deserved my enthusiasm. It
was great seeing you develop as people and as athletes and I will
surely miss that. I will continue to follow your progress as you
continue to be the envy of the nation. Keep on making me proud by
doing things the right way, and focus on the future, not on the past.

Best of luck and please do not hesitate to contact me if there is
anything I can do for you (although right now I am out of town with
limited access to email.) Thank you very much for all of your support
during these trying times, I will not forget it. I hope we cross
paths in the future.

This is the longest email I’ve ever written. This shows you how
special you are.

Coach White

Too bad for Williams! He will be greatly missed. It will be interesting to see who the track coach will be next year. (I have heard rumors of a minority female.) I am sure that Coach White will meet with coaching success wherever he goes.

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#1 Comment By & On July 25, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

& all the best to him and his family and athletes.

Please let us know where he lands.

#2 Comment By frank uible On July 26, 2007 @ 4:33 am

Classy way to leave!

#3 Comment By JAH On July 26, 2007 @ 11:27 am

Sincerely sad to see him go. One of my greatest and toughest inspirations at Williams College. My the Gods above continue to bless him and his family in their future endeavors.

#4 Comment By Anonymous On July 26, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

To have fallen in love with the “Lesbia” of your coaching, and to have been spurned to greener fields of future glory, “fater, ave atque vale” (hail, brother, farewell)!

May the Gods be with you.

#5 Comment By Anonymous On July 27, 2007 @ 3:50 am

Universities exist to transmit knowledge and understanding of ideas and values to students not to provide entertainment for spectators or employment for athletes.
-Milton Friedman

#6 Comment By frank uible On July 27, 2007 @ 7:33 am

Has Milton ever pulled on a jock strap? Perhaps figuratively he doesn’t need one.

#7 Comment By frank uible On July 27, 2007 @ 7:36 am

“Did” and “pull” and “didn’t”.

#8 Comment By JC On July 27, 2007 @ 11:12 am

Coach will be surely missed as he is a class individual and the best track and field coach I ever met.

I wish him the very best.

#9 Comment By Anonymous On July 27, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

Williams didn’t make Ralph White a great track coach; but he gave Williams a great track program. The college has lost on two counts: it is diminished by not having Coach White around, and it is further diminished by the tacky way it went about dismissing him. Institutional reputations pass into history at an amazing rate, as Morton Schapiro and the board of trustees will soon realize.

#10 Comment By frank uible On July 28, 2007 @ 5:32 am

Attributing any future demise of Williams College in any measurable way to the departure of one much admired track coach, irrespective of the circumstances, is proverbially analogous to the blaming of the “Johnstown flood on a leaky toilet in Altoona”.

#11 Comment By Anonymous On July 28, 2007 @ 10:45 am

The thing I will remember most about Coach is that he is a better person than he is a track coach and that is saying a lot.

I am glad I have graduated as the present and future student are the ones who will suffer from his absents.

#12 Comment By Anonymous On July 30, 2007 @ 6:02 pm

As usual, Frank Uribe just doesn’t get it.

It isn’t that the absence of one track coach is going to cause, by itself, the decline (not “demise”) of Williams. It’s that the circumstances of this story are reflective of the mind-set and approach of a college president who has begun leading Williams down a very different path than it has followed in the past.

Yeah, it’s a drop in the bucket…but the drip is steady and it’s steadily increasing.