Longtime high school coach Bob Gourley was awarded the Ken Warren Award for Leadership at the recent National Throws Coaches Association conference in Dublin, Ohio. The award, given for “outstanding dedication and commitment to the throwing events” recognized his work as a coach, volunteer, and supporter of the throwing events.
Gourley currently is the throws coach at Barrington High School in Barrington, Rhode Island where he has consistently produced All-Americans, including
the nations top two returning boys in the hammer throw: senior Adam Kelly and junior Bobby Colantonio. Kelly was also indoor national champion in the weight throw in 2014 and currently leads the nation in the weight throw for 2015.
While he has had tremendous success as a coach, the award highlighted the work Gourley does away from the track. Gourley has been actively involved in the promotion and growth of youth hammer throwing nationwide. For more than two decades he has been compiling his weekly national performance list. He is also a longtime contributer to HSHammer.com where we have featured his performance lists and other content for the past 15 years. This work has helped strengthen the connection between often far flung throwers across the country. He also serves the sport in many other areas including volunteering on the committee for the USATF Foundation’s Harold Connolly Youth Hammer Throw Grants, working as an official, and organizing the popular Hammerama and Weightarama annual competitions.
This is not the first award for Gourley during his distinguished career. Gourley has been inducted into the Rhode Island Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has been named USATF New England Official of the Year, and also received the National Scholastic Service Award.
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