Recently I talked about the elite level of the sport and the effect that money has had as the sport has attempted to grow from an amateur sport into a professional one. The “growing pains” that have stressed the sport on the money front has seemingly spilled over to the coaching front.

I say that after reading on Friday that Veronica Campbell Brown is leaving Lance Brauman – the coach that has guided her to nine World and Olympic medals, including three gold. The coach that she is leaving him for is Anthony Carpenter. No offense to Carpenter, but everyone I’ve talked to so far is asking : who is Anthony Carpenter?

Carpenter may indeed be a good coach, I don’t know. And that is really the crux of the matter. Because it seems that only in track and field do athletes at the elite level choose to move from “proven” coaches to “non proven” coaches….Read More

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