Letter: My Best Coach Ever

To the Editor:

Kim Sheffield, an elite distance runner, former Lebanon cross-country coach and volunteer coach of the Upper Valley Running Club, has been a superb leader and inspiration. I understand that she has resigned from her coaching position at Lebanon High, and I am saddened that the young runners will not benefit from her guidance.

As a 67-year-old runner with the running club, I am writing to thank her for being my best coach ever. Many of the top runners and slow runners in the recent ChAD half-marathon benefited from her free weekly “TNT” — Tuesday Night Track — training and Saturday-Sunday long distance runs. She has been a generous community volunteer. In her role as Lebanon High coach, I watched her encourage, coach and support her athletes at a massive 2,200-runner cross-country meet in Thetford a few weeks ago. Personally, and on behalf of many distance runners, I thank her for her professional, friendly and inspiring coaching, wish her well, and welcome her back for the long distance.

William W. Young



Runners Stand by Coach: Lebanon High Students Sound Off on Resignation

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lebanon — A group of Lebanon High School cross country runners rallied behind their former coach at Wednesday night’s School Board meeting and placed the blame for her recent resignation squarely on school administrators. All of them spoke highly of Kim Sheffield, who resigned earlier this month after a seven-year tenure with the cross country team, including five as the …