After spending 31 years as head coach of the Springfield College women’s track and field and cross country programs, Jim Pennington is no longer with the college.
Efforts to contact Coach Pennington have been unsuccessful as of press time.
When contacted, college spokesperson Steve Roulier said, “this is a personnel matter between the employee and the college.”
Athletic Director Craig Poisson explained how the teams will be directed in the near future.
“Coach Bryan Brown will oversee both gender cross country programs for the remaining meets. Ken Klatka will be a supervisor for both genders in indoor track and Coach Brown will be in an assistant supervisory role for both genders.
“With the knowledge, experience, and expertise of the two, coupled with the graduate assistant coaches, we feel that the program is in good hands for the near future. That’s the model we are currently under.”
Pennington coached his programs to seven top-20 finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and seven top-15 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Pennington has coached 85 All-Americans, while five of his student-athletes have received an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. Pennington is a graduate of Towson State in 1974 and a graduate of Georgia in 1976, where he served as an assistant coach for three years.
Members of the athletic department called together a meeting of the women’s cross country and track & field teams last Thursday to discuss the changes. The announcement was met with shock and emotion.
A number of athletes declined to speak, noting that the situation was still very raw and that many of the players are still processing the situation.
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