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Joe Newton is a legendary high school cross country and track coach at York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. In over fifty years of coaching, he has won 27 Illinois state cross country titles and one track state title. A feature-length documentary was made about his life and successes, called The Long Green Line after his team's nickname.
Among his many accomplishments he was an assistant manager in charge of marathon runners in the U.S. team for the 1988 Olympics. He was the first high school coach to hold such an honor. He was awarded the National Cross Country Coach of the Year four times and has written four books, concentrating on training and motivation. He is known for motivational talks that focus on the philosophical and psychological factors that are required for success.
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