“I didn’t realize how great a coach Wally really was until he wasn’t my coach anymore,” he said. “When I got to college, I just kind of assumed all coaches were like Wally, dedicated to winning but more importantly dedicated to athletes and making them better people. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
“When I realized how lucky I was to have had him, I made the decision that I would find my way back to Pinkerton and work with Walter to try to be a positive influence on young people like he always was for me. ... He took me into his program and taught me more than I ever could imagine. I hope that when my last meet comes, I’ve been even half the coach he was.”