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Coach Hector 'retired'

Published:Friday | September 19, 2014 | 9:00 AM
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Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer

Veteran track coach Edward Hector has been retired as coach of the boys' athletic team at Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester.

The development has left Hector, who has been at Holmwood for close to 30 years, upset at the way in which his services were terminated.

Hector, whose boys scored 48 points to finish eighth at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships in 2013, expressed his disappointment on his Facebook page yesterday.

"I am officially no longer coaching at Holmwood. I was unceremoniously asked not to return because of the merging of the two teams. I am disappointed in the manner by which it was done over the phone by the principal. Very unprofessional. I had enquired about my status from as far as April ... I wish them all the best in their endeavours and aspirations. I went to training on Monday and then this - poor, poor. You figure it out."

Holmwood's boys were ninth at the 2014 edition of Champs scoring 47 points.

Principal of Holmwood Technical, Paul Bailey, declined to comment on Hector's situation, but did confirm that the male and female track teams were being merged.

He said cost-cutting was among the reasons for the change but declined to divulge what the other reasons were.

"From time to time changes have to be made," he said.

Bailey said that going forward Dwight Jones will be in charge of the female team while Kirk Brown who last season had responsibility for the female team will now be in charge of the boys.

All assistant coaches, Bailey said, will work with both teams.

Hector coached both teams back in 1987 when he joined the coaching staff at Holmwood, taking the team to the Miami Classic in 1989 and to the Penn Relays in 1990. He subsequently left to pursue studies in 1996 and returned three years later and began coaching the boys' team. He remained coach until his retirement.