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High school track named for longtime coach

MILFORD, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- Bill Marran has been a track coach at Milford High School for 50 years. Now part of the school bears his name.

"The community is great. The kids are outstanding," said Coach Marran when asked why he stayed at the school for so long.

Friday, August 29th, 2014, the Milford Eagles took on Hamilton's football team. Coach Marran was in the stands with his family cheering on the team. Coach Marran said for him, coaching has never been about winning.

"The satisfaction of coaching, why I did it, why I went into coaching, is I wanted to take an athlete from the first year and see what the end result was four years later. And it's not so much about wins and losses. It's about how they improve," Coach Marran said Friday.

In his 50 years at Milford High School, Marran has coached 1,500 students in track alone. He also coached football and basketball.
In some cases, he's coached kids and their parents.

"He's amazing. Coach Marran, he's what track is all about," said Jason Babinec. Marran coached him to state nearly 20 years ago and coached his 13-year-old son last year.

Friday night, the track at Milford High School was renamed the Bill Marran track.

"I will always remember the good times that we had. It was an honor and a pleasure to coach them," Coach Marran said when accepting the honor.

In all, Bill Marran has coached for 52 years. And if you ask him, he has a lot more coaching left in him.

"As long as my health holds out, as long as they hire me, I have no end in sight," Coach Marran said.

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