22 Oct '16, 12pm

The importance of coaches: some thoughts on Father Ralph Passerelli, S.J., my first cross country coach - RunBlogRun

Father Ralph Passarelli, S.J., was my freshman high school cross country coach. This man had the patience of a saint, as he coached a group of fifty hyperactive cross country runners at De Smet Jesuit High School in Creve Couer, Missouri. Father Ralph did not run with us, but he managed our workouts, provided advice, and showed us how to race. Father Ralph was a man of quite confidence. Midway through our freshman season, Father Ralph joined us in a pick up game of basketball. When Father Ralph, then, in his mid fifties, and in his clerical blacks, out played the best freshman basketball player, Father Ralph had the respect of the whole team. Freshman boys are a fickle lot. Getting their respect is kind of like herding cats, it is a difficult and trying effort. Father Ralph got it, though. He was not one of the boys, and he did not try to be. He tolerated much of our nonse...

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