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Inspiration

Meet Brooks Inspiring Coaches Finalist Ken Hans

High school: Leonardo DaVinci High School in Buffalo, New York

Number of years coaching: 12 years

Accomplishments: Coached team to six league championships, seven individual district championships, and three state championships; also earned numerous New York State Scholar Athlete Team Awards, Team Sportsmanship Awards, and had multiple Western New York Scholar Athletes

What makes Coach Ken Hans so inspiring?
Ken Hans has dedicated his life to coaching. As one nominator wrote, “I do not know anyone more dedicated to his kids and to the sport of running then Ken is.” On many occasions, he has brought kids into the local Fleet Feet Sports in Buffalo to buy shoes. he works hard on the Fleet Feet 15K – Run into Buffalo each year, because he knows the proceeds go to buying shoes for local high school kids who can’t afford them, and as one application put it, “he is a single guy who owns a minivan strictly to drive his athletes home after practice or to meets.” His current athletes all had amazing comments to say about Coach Hans including “he pushes you to your full potential and never lets up give up”, “because of Hans running became more than a season, but something part of my everyday”, and “he is always willing to put his time aside to think about his runners and to help them train”. Nomination after nomination said Ken Hans defines what it means to be an inspiring/dedicated coach, and we couldn’t agree more.

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About Sunny
I'm a runner, writer, and traveler who loves running half marathons. I live in Seattle with my much faster husband and two rescue cats. I also have an inexplicable affection for otters.
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