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  • mattnorminton User since:
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    mattnorminton said 6 months ago

    That's some big shoes to fill for the incoming XC/distance coach, Mark did a fantastic job at TWU the past few years.

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  • track-west-founder User since:
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    Track West founder said 6 months ago

    I am sorry to hear this. Mark did a great job and was well respected for his work. I am sure that we will soon find out why? Until then, it does not make any sense speculating.

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  • jaaquen-haagar User since:
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    Jaaquen Haagar said 6 months ago

    the lord must hath had other plans #sinning #themanyfacedgod

    This post was edited by Jaaquen Haagar 6 months ago . 
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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    Why was he let go?

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    Robber said 6 months ago

    Rob's way or the highway... not a great place to be. Tough on the athletes, they all love Mark, not sure how well they will adjust to a new coach.

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    anonymous said 6 months ago

    Quoting: Robber
    " not a great place to be. Tough on the athletes"


    Can you elaborate? is there team culture problems at TWU?

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    Rob (head coach) just can't work with anyone. Its his way or the highway, and the ring-road fills up with more and more athletes and coaches.

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    coaches check your egos, everyone is replaceable. Athletes make coaches look good, not the other way around

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    Quoting: anonymous
    "Can you elaborate? is there team culture problems at TWU?"

    TWU team culture is fine, Mark's a great coach, but there is a disconnect.
    Mark's not at every meet, but at every practice. Rob's at every meet, but never at practice.

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  • bi User since:
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    Bi$$ said 6 months ago

    We've had three young women from our club choose TWU over the past 7 years. It's a great situation athletically for any distance runner; as Kelsall said in his article, Mark is truly one of the best Athletics coaches in the country.

    Mark has done a great job developing the talent he's gotten. . Academically and socially, TWU is not for everyone. In addition, high tuition is another recruiting barrier. It's not a big school with a large bench, so to be successful, Mark has needed to make sure that every athlete counts.

    This is a tough situation for Mark and the distance crew. Hopefully things will work out in the end.

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  • lamalamalamalama User since:
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    Lamalamalamalama said 6 months ago

    As TWU xc athletes we are waiting to until after our team meeting on Monday to discuss this on public forums, after which we I am sure we will be active on social media. We know Bomba was dismissed this past Friday and have not received any further information as to why. We have our speculations but nothing more, we have not been given any rationale as of yet and neither has Bomba. We expect details to be revealed on Monday.

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  • runningman User since:
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    Runningman said 6 months ago

    You guys baffle man. Do any of you actually have jobs where you are on contract? clearly you do not. A one year contract is very common and at the end it is either renewed or not at the option of either party.

    Jobs are not jobs for life people those have gone the way of the dinosaur,

    When you agree to that contract you assume both the benefits and the risks. The benefits to the employee are the same as they are for the employer.

    Put your tissues away and wake up to what employment is like in the 21st century.

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    anonymous said 6 months ago

    Quoting: Runningman
    "You guys baffle man. Do any of you actually have jobs where you are on contract? clearly you do not. A one year contract is very common and at the end it is either renewed or not at the option of either party.

    Jobs are not jobs for life people those have gone the way of the dinosaur,

    When you agree to that contract you assume both the benefits and the risks. The benefits to the employee are the same as they are for the employer.

    Put your tissues away and wake up to what employment is like in the 21st century."


    From the article:
    "one month before his annual contract was to be renewed. He is no longer directly coaching the Spartans athletes."

    Seems pretty immediate, hopefully this isn't leaving any athletes in coaching limbo.

    If this is a simple contract turn over, wouldn't there be some interim period where the new guy is hired and leaving position keeps working. Athletics is not like a normal job, the absence of a coach effects a group of athletes. seeing this athlete limbo problem in Toronto too

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  • runningman User since:
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    Runningman said 6 months ago

    Quoting: anonymous
    "From the article:
    "one month before his annual contract was to be renewed. He is no longer directly coaching the Spartans athletes."

    Seems pretty immediate, hopefully this isn't leaving any athletes in coaching limbo.

    If this is a simple contract turn over, wouldn't there be some interim period where the new guy is hired and leaving position keeps working. Athletics is not like a normal job, the absence of a coach effects a group of athletes. seeing this athlete limbo problem in Toronto too"


    Contract negotiations always start before the current contract ends.

    You don't know the reason for the sudden departure and you will never be told the truth by the school we do have privacy laws in Canada. You don't know how the negotiations were proceeding they could have been so far apart they decided to end discussions. He had a contract which means he will be paid until the end of the contract unless there are circumstances where terms of the contract were violated.

    I am NOT insinuating terms were breached. TWU has a very high moral standard that they expect their students to adhere to. If a student violates those standards there are consequences. Look them up. Why would anyone go to that school???

    Hard to argue athletes are in limbo. There is no outdoor track and field season at TWU. Next season is XC in September so that is not going adversely effect the team.

    You need a coach during the off season? Really? These athletes have been running for 10+ years I think they can figure out how to do off season base training. Many athletes train with clubs in the off season.

    Companies run just fine with interim executives I'm sure a team can train with interim coaches for a few weeks or months.

    Who knows maybe TWU will hire a better coach? Given their $22K annual tuition they have some $$$ too.

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  • mattnorminton User since:
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    mattnorminton said 6 months ago

    Quoting: Runningman
    "You guys baffle man. Do any of you actually have jobs where you are on contract? clearly you do not. A one year contract is very common and at the end it is either renewed or not at the option of either party.

    Jobs are not jobs for life people those have gone the way of the dinosaur,

    When you agree to that contract you assume both the benefits and the risks. The benefits to the employee are the same as they are for the employer.

    Put your tissues away and wake up to what employment is like in the 21st century."


    I don't think anyone is crying here Runningman and as a side note, this isn't Mark's "job" that pays the bills. Very few xc/distance coaches out there that can make a living coaching full time.

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    Comeon said 6 months ago

    Pike's throwing us in the dust, Most TWU athletes are sticking with Bomba training wise anyways.

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    JR Sned said 6 months ago

    Quoting: Lamalamalamalama
    "As TWU xc athletes we are waiting to until after our team meeting on Monday to discuss this on public forums, after which we I am sure we will be active on social media. We know Bomba was dismissed this past Friday and have not received any further information as to why. We have our speculations but nothing more, we have not been given any rationale as of yet and neither has Bomba. We expect details to be revealed on Monday."


    How did this happen? Bomba was such a good coach to you guys. Will he be still coaching for the local club out in Langley?

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