Beloved local track coach mentored many athletes

With the recent loss of former Grambling State head coach Eddie Robinson it is sad that the city of Tallahassee lost another great coach.

Pole-vault coach for the local track and field community Kurt Westfall, 59, suffered a massive stroke on March 30 and passed away a week later from complications.

His funeral was held Thursday, where countess individuals came to honor him.

Westfall was an extraordinary man who didn’t discriminate against schools, but focused on helping the athletes reach their goals.

He coached more than 18 pole-vaulters to the state finals, many of who furthered their careers in college. Among the athletes who competed in college was his daughter Meagan.

She went on to become a National Collegiate Athletic Association All-American and three-time Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll and All-SEC selection. She set a personal record of 13 feet: 7 1/4 inches indoor and 13-4 1/4 outdoors.

In the community, many residents here cherish the contributions Westfall made in Tallahassee. He helped developed vaulters from Maclay, Chiles, Lincoln and Leon high schools. Three of his athletes represented the Timberwolves last season at the state championship.

It is sad when a person of great statute passes at a time when needed most. But our greatest gift will be the memories that will carry on with the students he mentored.

Dontaye Carter for the Editorial Board.