Whitman-Hanson Cross Country and Track Coach Keith Erwin stepped down today after 10 years with the Panthers to accept the cross country coaching position at Curry College in Milton.
“It is so hard to leave a school and program I love so much. I went to Whitman-Hanson and it has been my home for so long,” Erwin said today. “This was just something I couldn’t pass up. Telling my team today was one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do, but I am confident the kids will continue to make me proud and have great success.”
This past year, Erwin added the duties of boys cross country coach to go along with his role as the girls head coach. He became the girls coach in 2004 and since that time amassed a record of 84-6 which includes a 7 year run of consecutive league titles (2007-2013). The team won the Eastern Mass State Championship in 2007, 2011 and 2012 and the state title in 2012. He was named the Enterprise coach of the year in 2008, Boston Globe coach of the year in 2011 and the MSTCA coach of the year in 2007 and 2011. This past year he led the boys to the Patriot League title. In addition to his cross country and track coaching duties, Erwin had also served as the girls’ tennis coach before stepping down to spend more time with his newborn daughter this spring.
“We are sorry to lose such an incredible coach but at the same time we a thrilled for Keith. This is an incredible opportunity and the students at Curry will certainly benefit from his coaching talents,” Whitman-Hanson Athletic Director Bob Rodgers said. “His teams have accomplished so much in his tenure but beyond that, he always understood the concept of educational athletics and the role it plays in the development of young people.”
Whitman-Hanson will begin the search for a new coach immediately.