Wow, that's a tough story.
Back when DyeStat was still DyeStat, Van lit up the boards as mbio. He was pretty easy for kids to troll, and I'm pretty sure he trolled them back.
In 2007, Baylor finished 3rd at NXN-SE in Hoover, just a few points from making it. I know he wanted that at-large bid--and they had beaten us that year and may well have deserved it--but they didn't get it. That was a heck of team.
Van always coached high school cross country meets wearing running shorts, short running shorts. Hard to miss him.
TN Legend wrote:
I'm sure plenty of people here have some great stories about Van. Let's hear em!http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/opinion/columns/story/2015/jan/09/cook-love-the-long-distance-runner/281792/
I knew Van when he lived in MA only yesterday met someone who taught prep school with him when he was living here.
Very dedicated runner and sincere person I wish him the best.