The YouTube video featured below begins with a voice over, and then a cameo shot of York High School’s legendary cross country and track coach, Joe Newton.  Newton began coaching at the Elmhurst school in  1960.  At 82 years young, he’s still going strong.

Newton is one of  those “ordinary” people who become bigger than life.  He has won 27 Illinois state cross country titles and one track state title.  He is famous for his motivational talks, and has written four books in that vein.  He was the subject of a feature-length documentary movie, THE LONG GREEN LINE.  His list of accomplishments probably could fill yet another such movie.

Joe Newton was the first high school coach to be on the coaching staff of the U.S. Olympics team.  In the 1988 games in Seoul, South Korea, he was the assistant manager in charge of the marathon runners.  He is also enrolled in 12 halls of fame, including the National High School Hall of Fame.

One of the reasons for his success is that he truly believes that he is not just training athletes to win races.  He is training future successful adults.  Here’s the way he puts it:  “A person can have some talent and some character and have the chance to succeed. But, if he has tons of talent and no character, he will fail.”  He also says, “It’s nice to be great, but far greater to be nice.”  He won’t tolerate a “super star” that forgets he is part of a team.

If you want to run on Joe Newton’s team, you’d better have perfect attendance and punctuality.  He won’t accept excuses.  Neither will he listen to alibis for under-performing.  He says, “Your mind can make you train, your body can create power, but only your heart can make you a champion.”  The simplest one is, “However fast you are running, run faster.”  How can you argue with logic like that?

If you are interested in living in a community that has such a wonderful high school coach, Elmhurst may be the place for you.  If you’re looking for property in the DuPage County area, just call me, Tom Makinney, at our home office, (630) 567-5902, or check out my website