Simon Hodnett Obituary, Death – The track and field world is in deep grief over the passing of legendary coach Simon Hodnett, a man whose influence on the sport went beyond medals and recognition. We announce with sorrowful hearts that Coach Hodnett has passed away. He left behind a legacy that honors both his coaching abilities and the lasting impact he had on the people he coached. Ten-time NEC Coach of the Year, Coach Hodnett committed his life to helping his athletes achieve their goals both on the track and in their lives.
His loss is a sad day for the track and field community as a whole, and those who had the honor of working with him will always feel his absence. Coach Hodnett was a mentor, advisor, and inspiration to innumerable sportsmen in addition to his accolades and trophies. Beyond using a stopwatch, his coaching philosophy placed a strong emphasis on character development, discipline, and a love of the game. Athletes developed as people and accomplished personal growth while under his direction, applying the lessons they acquired on the track to all facets of their lives.
The fact that Coach Hodnett was named NEC Coach of the Year ten times is a testament to his leadership and inspirational abilities. Beyond the competition, he fostered a sense of camaraderie and a shared purpose to the quest of greatness as part of his commitment to the success and well-being of his athletes.
We send our deepest sympathies to Coach Simon Hodnett’s family, friends, and the track & field community at large during this difficult time. For many years to come, people will remember and honor the influence he had on both the sport and the lives he touched. May his memory live on in the athletes he taught and the attitude of greatness he instilled in them. May he rest in peace.