Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years

Top+left+corner+Greg+Letts+1987
Top left corner Greg Letts 1987

Top left corner Greg Letts 1987

Top left corner Greg Letts 1987

Milana Oliphant, Co-Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






After 48 years of running around the streets and sidewalks around state, Greg Letts has retired from coaching cross country.  

He began coaching at 22 and at the time was coaching middle school students.  According to Letts the cross country teams at the middle school were very successful at that time.  After coaching mainly middle school students and sometimes helping with the high school team, he made the transfer to a high school cross country coach.  

He then took after the program after the previous head coach retired.  

Being a coach for 48 years allowed Letts to see many different changes in the district and the role sports played part in that.  For example he said at one point the cross country team had been cut at the middle school and he said that,¨a culture was lost.¨ He feels very strongly that in order for athletes to have experience they need to start when the are younger like middle school.  

Letts said that sports,”Have to start at lower level.”

One saying that Letts constantly says is,”You gotta have patience and you gotta have perseverance.”  He also stated, ”To be an athlete its a development process.” These quotes show just how much he enjoys coaching and helping athletes become better.  

His reason to retire was the time commitment it took to coach.  He said that he has just become and grandpa and has family obligations.  Letts also said, ”It wouldn’t be fair to kids they need someone there all the time.”

Some of Letts’  favorite moments from coaching  include, “Rewarding years down the road to see ex-athletes and their kids running in cross country.”  

“Each generation has its own special moment,” he said.

Julie Hilsenteger has taken over the cross country coaching position. She said, ¨I am enjoying it¨ and ¨trying to have fun with kids.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About the Writer
Milana Oliphant, Co-Editor

Milana Oliphant is a sophomore. This is her first year as a writer for the for The Talon.  She is on the girls rugby club at Centennial and also plays basketball for the high school. In her free time, she likes to go hiking and is an avid reader.  After high school she plans to go to college and possibly get a degree in engineering.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years

    Feature

    Fall Play Closes Tomorrow Night!

  • Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years

    Feature

    Nesbitt Heads To Liberty; Conrad Takes Over Marketing

  • Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years

    Feature

    Student Describes First Job

  • Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years

    Feature

    Canned Food Drive

  • Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years

    Feature

    Trade Schools Offer Alternative To College

  • Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years

    Feature

    Food For Families Hires New Executive Director

  • Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years

    Feature

    Fall Is My Favorite Time Of The Year

  • Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years

    Feature

    Personal Perspective: Fall 7’s Underway

  • Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years

    Feature

    Weight Room Makeover Lifts Spirits

  • Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years

    Feature

    Centennial Welcomes New Staff

Greg Letts Runs Into The Cross Country Sunset After 48 Years