Sperling wins cross country coaching honor

Jim Sperling has been named boys cross country Coach of the Year by The Daily Telegram.
Sperling won the honor for coaching the Madison boys to its second straight TCC championship, qualified for the Division 3 state finals and finished second at the county meet.
Sperling ran track at Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio, “without much success,” he said. He took up the sport again at the age of 40 and he’s now competed in everything from a 5K to a marathon to a 100-mile race.
He said he received a lot of support from other Madison coaches who encouraged their athletes who weren’t already in a fall sport to run cross country.
“I try to respect the athletes and treat them with respect,” he said. “I coach because I enjoy working and running with them, but I do not enjoy yelling and getting angry so I don’t. Most coaching is done before the meets.”
Sperling, who also coaches the Madison girls squad, said three of his top five runners are graduating. He’s hoping the success helps in recruiting more to the sport and the Trojan squad.
“They will be tough to replace,” he said. “We have a good foundation to build on with Michael Burciaga, Alex Garcia, Ben Kangas and John Ambrose. We will need to get the most out of the promising eighth-graders moving up and the rest of the team.”

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