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Newspaper Report:
Rockford (MI) Coach Dispensed Pills

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By Stephen (steveu) Underwood

GRAND RAPIDS MI 1/30/02 -- The Grand Rapids (MI) Press has today reported on a "controversy" involving national prep CC/track superpower Rockford and its coach, Brad Prins.

The story indicates that some former Rockford athletes have recently made
allegations that Prins dispensed vitamin supplements and over-the-counter
medications to them, including painkillers (Advil) or medications that aid
breathing (Sudafed). If these actions have taken place, they would
reportedly be in violation of school policy and direct warnings to him by
school administrators.

The story quotes past Rockford stars like Linsey Blaisdell and Brian Smith,
as well as Prins himself. It also says that two other coaches in the school
district are threatening to resign February 1 if Prins stays at the helm of
the girls CC team and the boys and girls track distance runners, and that
one middle school coach already has resigned.

For much more, go to the newspaper story online.


1/31/02 The Grand Rapids Press ran a new story, including comments from former star Rockford runner Dathan Ritzenhein and current runners that mostly support Prins, denials and "I was misquoted"
comments from Prins, and new statements from the school district.


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