This is on top of being named England Athletics South West Development Coach of the Year at the end of 2012. England Athletics CEO Chris Jones said, “Kevin has played a very active role within Exeter Harriers throughout the past year, in particular launching a new multi-events group for junior athletes. He worked very closely with the other experienced coaches in the club to ensure the athletes’ needs were met in each event group discipline and ensured the technical side of multi-event coaching could be delivered in a fun, but professional environment. This very rounded and dynamic approach to coaching has seen him drive the club forward and contributed to the increase in numbers and level of athlete being produced by the club.”
Kevin saw five of his athletes qualify for the English Schools’ Championships last season and at the end of September 2012 the annual Open Multi-Events competition, which took place in Exeter, saw the top six places go to his athletes.
Typically Kevin thought he would be able to keep a low profile but word went round quickly and before he knew it, England Athletics SW Regional Council Chair Nigel Rowe and Council member and Devon Officials’ Secretary Keith Reed had congratulated him.
Kevin said, “I feel very humbled receiving the award as I am sure there are a lot of people who probably spend more time and are better coaches than I but who have not been nominated. It is nice to have some recognition, but without the support of Harriers coaches Derek Smith and Neil Bennett and my wife Dawn, we would not be as successful as we are.”
Congratulations, Kevin, it is great that your endeavour has been recognised.