When I was in high school during the mid-1990s, we had what would now be called a strength-and-conditioning coach. He was an ex-coach/administrator who volunteered to help around the edges of the program because he loved athletic competition. Gradually, his passion became a magnet for those willing to walk the line. Our weight room's popularity increased and guys from rival schools started showing up during the summer months. I will always remember the literal shock of walking through the door and, for a briefly unguarded moment, locking eyes with a power forward and starting pitcher from our bitterest rivalùthe only private school in our league and thus, the only one that could recruit student-athletes with impunity. This guy had exchanged elbows with me on the court and plunked me thre ...
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