FOR MOST people, yesterday was just another Monday.
But for the athletic community at Penn, it was an emotional day, eliciting admiration, gratitude, respect, and a bit of sadness as longtime men's track and field coach Charlie Powell announced his retirement.
Robin Martin, Powell's assistant, will serve on an interim basis until a successor is found.
Powell said in a statement that he was leaving to "reduce the stress in my life for health reasons."
Over the years, he has coached hundreds of champions. And yet, he thinks of himself as the biggest winner.
"For almost 3 full decades I have had the honor and pleasure of being around some of the most outstanding young men imaginable while here at Penn," Powell said in a statement. "I have tried, in some small way, to assist every one of them on their road to outstanding achievement and great accomplishments in life. I must admit, I loved every minute of my 29 years here, and I will always call Penn and this program my own and my home."