I agree this is incredibly upsetting. But it looked like many of his competitors had great respect for him, and enjoyed being able to compete against him frequently. Sounds like he was a pretty respectable guy who had great appreciation and respect for his peers in the high school competitive scene. Is there anything we can actively do as a society, or at least as a running community, to help foster an environment that helps to support young adults in their view on life? There is definitely a need for coaches who care about their athletes beyond their running potential. I have been blessed with having the wonderful experience of every coach that I've had growing has always cared about me as much more than just an athlete that helps contribute to their success as a coach. For me I viewed my high school as a father figure, and he definitely had a positive impact on my outlook on life and running in general also.