Northrop’s Blanks calls it a career after 35 years of coaching
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - After 35 years of coaching, Northrop’s Frederick Blanks is hanging up his stopwatch.
Blanks was inducted into the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016, among many other accolades.
His coaching career dates back to 1986 and over that time span, he spent 27 years as a head coach. And his resume speaks for itself. 27 S-A-C championships, 15 sectional championships, 2-time state runner-up, a state championship, and a whole lot more.
He says making the decision on whether to retire wasn’t easy, but it was time.
“I’m glad, I’m happy and I feel good with what I’m doing,” Blanks said.
He told Fort Wayne’s NBC News he’s coached over 2,000 student-athletes over his career. In fact, he says some still use his workouts.
“When the students come back and they want to tell you thank you, that means a lot to me,” he said.
Blanks says he couldn’t be more thankful for all of those who bought into the tradition at Northrop High School.
“They bought into my program, the way I coached and I never deviated from that. It’s one of those things if it’s not broken, don’t fix it, and over the years, I kept refining my practices,” Blanks said.
He told Fort Wayne’s NBC News he’ll have that itch to coach every once and again but he knows the program will be in good hands moving forward.
“There is so much over the years that I have to be thankful for and thankful to have had the opportunity to coach at Northrop for all these years. I hope they keep the tradition going whoever steps in after me,” he said.
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