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Williamston’s Nilsson coach of the year

By DICK HOEKSTRA • For the Lansing State Journal • July 12, 2009 • From Williamston Enterprise

When I first got to know Paul Nilsson a dozen years ago, he picked up a lot of awards as a really fast grandmasters (over age 50) runner.

Most of this decade, his awards have come almost exclusively as a Williamston High School boys cross- country and track and field coach.

Recently, Nilsson picked up perhaps the most impressive one when he was selected the National High School Athletic Coaches Association boys cross-country national coach of the year.

As usual, his first thoughts were of others.

“I was honored to represent Michigan, my community and my athletes in accepting the award,” he said. “Without the help of my community, it would not have been possible.”

I remember when the renovated track at Williamston was named for him 14 months ago, and he could have highlighted any accomplishment, his thoughts were of an unnamed girl who helped at a water stop in cold weather during the old Williamston Half-Marathon. That 13.1-mile event was a major fundraiser for previous work on the Williamston High track.

And he talked about the girl he didn’t even know with a tear in his eye.

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