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Harrison takes KC job

Published:Tuesday | July 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Neil Harrison - file

The Gleaner understands that noted Munro College track and field head coach, Neil Harrison, has accepted to take the reigns at Kingston College (KC) and replace Orville Byfield, who was removed from his post as technical director and head coach, recently.

Harrison, when contacted yesterday, declined confirming the move.

"That's not something I can comment on at this time," is all Harrison offered, neither confirming nor denying the report.

The coach had already been identified as the main target of KC's top brass, following a series of meetings between both parties last month.

Sources close to the discussions noted that the coach was seen as the preferred candidate by the institution's Principal Dave Myrie and others in the executive who felt that it was best that an external coach be approached.

The appointment is expected to be met with much interest in the local track and field fraternity.

STABILITY

KC has not often gone outside of its network of past students when filling coaching job vacancies, and with Harrison set to become the third coach in as many years at the North Street-based school, supporters will be hoping that he can bring some much needed stability.

The 31-time boys' champions have not lifted the Mortimer Geddes Trophy since 2009 and have been less than impressive in the years since, finishing third in 2010, second in 2011 and 2012, third in 2013 and a distant second at this year's championships.

It is unclear if Harrison will retain the current KC support staff or bring in his own assistant coaches - an issue which was said to have been part of the considerations.

Harrison built his reputation at the Malvern, St Elizabeth-based Munro College, leading the school to several top-six finishes at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships in recent seasons.

He is also credited for the development of a number of top talents such as 2013 class one double sprint champion Delano Williams, Angelo Garland, Senoj-Jay Givans and Balaclava's Dawnalee Loney, the break-out quarter-miler and Carifta Games silver medal winner.