Assistant track and field Coach David Hepburn officially resigned Jan. 4, directly before athletes returned to school from winter break.
Athletic Director Ken Schumann said that he was surprised by the decision.
Hepburn helped bring success to many athletes with his coaching style. Hepburn was a decathlete, which gave him a lot of experience junior Bailey Muller said.
Bailey explained that Hepburn was able to demonstrate and show the athletes how to do certain things. Senior Dawne Yamamoto said that Hepburn was a good coach and was very well liked by the team.
“It’s difficult to replace a coach like that, he had such a diverse skill set and seemed to excel in all of them,” Muller said.
The track team has had a coaching change every year for the past five years and three different head coaches since 2011.
Roughly ten percent of the track team has quit, for various reasons, this year. Coach Hepburn’s sudden resignation and the decline in student athletes could have been detrimental to the track team, yet athletes have continued to break school records.
The meet at the Nike+ Run Club House of Track was chalk full of record breaking performances
Sophomore Shannon Hammond said Hepburn contacted a few of the athletes letting them know it wouldn’t work out here according to.
The athletic department has appointed two football coaches to the track team to try and fill the void of Hepburn.
“He left in a nice way I don’t have hard feelings,” Hammond said.