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Coach Joe Vigil educates about excellence

Posted: Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013

Photo by Lisa Marlin Former Adams State University Head Coach Joe I. Vigil makes a point during his speech last Thursday in front of a packed crowd at the San Luis Valley Health Education and Conference Center.

Courier Sports Editor

ALAMOSA – Positive attitudes and goals to strive for more is exactly what one could have taken from Coach Joe Vigil’s address to the community at last Thursday’s Lunch and Learn seminar at the Mt. Blanca Room in the San Luis Valley Health Education and Conference Center.

With his topic being the “Pursuit of Excellence,” people who left the lunch wanted to do exactly that. Vigil knows exactly how to pursue the excellence as he maintained a lot of that during his 28 year career at Adams State. As a coach he led teams to 18 national championships, including the 1992 perfect score team, and 350 All-American honors. He went on to coach an Olympic bronze medalist and has been an United States International coach 17 times and has been inducted into five different Halls of Fame.

Coach Vigil started off his speech by noting his success is not because of his work but because of the many athletes he had time to work with. “Credit goes to the athletes,” he said. “You as a person are a sum total of all your relationships you have in your life, whether it is with coaches, teachers, parents or friends.”

As he went on to explain how someone could become ‘excellent’ he used the example of Christopher Columbus, the man who discovered America. “Just like Columbus, we don’t know what direction we are going,” he said. “Even though we don’t know where we are going, we have to keep trying.”

Another example he used was the Olympian Deena Kaster, who holds the American records in the marathon, half-marathon, and numerous road distances. She won the bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. She is also an eight-time national champion in cross country. He explained her first days here and how he made sure she knew what she was getting into before he began coaching her.

For the complete article see the 09-12-2013 issue.

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