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KC fires 'KC'

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter

Veteran track and field high school coach, Raymond 'KC' Graham, has said that Kingston College (KC) principal Dave Myrie has terminated his voluntary service as hurdles coach because he is not spending enough time with the boys.

Graham, who has been leading the Purples' hurdles charges for the past five seasons, said that his commitment to his paid position as head coach of St Andrew High School For Girls' track team is the reason why he has been spending less time at North Street.

"I have a head coaching position at St Andrew and they are saying that I am not spending enough time at KC, but I can't be spending time at a school where I am not being paid. So I have to spend more time at Andrews," Graham said.

It is reported that Graham has scarcely been at practice since September.

"Three weeks in December, I wasn't there any at all because I went overseas to my brother's funeral," Graham said.

Word on the street is that Graham was also asked to leave because the Purples failed to score significantly in the hurdles events, an area they were expected to dominate if they were supposed to beat Calabar High School, the eventual winners of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys' Championships last year, as was reported by many track and field experts.

But Graham rubbished those claims.

"If that was the case, I would not have been at KC (last) September because we had a meeting before, where the performances were assessed," Graham said.

Graham said that he accepted the job at St Andrew after he had given his commitment to managers at KC to continue coaching there.


"It's a voluntary job and I can't go to the supermarket and say that I coach KC and get groceries," Graham, who is a KC old boy, pointed out.

Manager for KC's track and field team, Delano Franklin, confirmed that Graham was let go.

"The relationship with KC Graham as a member of the coaching staff has been severed," Franklin said. "KC Graham tried to see how the relationship could work, but far more time, in our estimation, is needed to be with the athletes and we have to be sensitive to the fact that his work at Kingston College was largely voluntary, and the responsibility that he has taken up elsewhere allows him for another stream of income."

He said that Graham's spot had been quickly filled and he does not expect the hiccup to affect the boys' performance throughout the season.

"The management has put in place what we consider to be a capable programme to deal with all matters from here going into Champs," Franklin said.

Since the 1960s and '70s when KC was considered the 'Kings of Champs,' it had been customary for KC old boys to volunteer their time to coach the track and field team.