Coach Hamrick brings experience to track program

Coach Hamrick

Former Indiana State University athlete, Don Hamrick, has joined the track coaching staff at Brown County High School and hopes to bring a new energy for his first year.

   Hamrick has been coaching off and on for 20 years but has finally decided to find a program he can stick with. At Indiana State he ran mostly the 400 meter intermediate hurdles and the 110 high hurdles. Hamrick had very good times for all of his events but ran a 50 second flat in 400 meter hurdles. Hamrick said his hopes for coming to the program is “to bring out the best in each person,be positive and to challenge people to do beyond what they think they can do.”

Connor Nell, an Indiana University student currently coaches at Brown County. Conner has been with the track team for two seasons now and the cross country team for two years. He was asked to coach hurdles without having any knowledge of the event however did very well with one of his runners winning the Western Indiana Conference, Sectional, Regional, and even went to run at the state meet held at Indiana University. Bell has high hopes for Hamrick and describes his best qualities as “being extremely positive and incredibly encouraging. Bell has never once heard 

Coach Don Hamrick advises a runner during practice. Photo by Evelyn Crimmins.

Hamrick make a negative comment. Bell is extremely excited for the new member of the team because of his experience. Years from now Bell believes he will build the program in hurdle athletes.

Jay Myers, Brown County girls head coach,  has been coaching the team for five years now. Myers is a little bit worried for this years season due to the inexperienced runners can perform as veteran track athletes. Myers believes that Hamrick can help with this as a coach because of how passionate he is for track and field. “I am surprised he has been away from it for so long because you can still tell that he is an excited college kid when he walks into practice or the meets.” Myers hopes “he stays as passionate and continues to work as hard as he has been because he has done a really great job so far and really fits in.”

Leave a comment