Arkansas State University athletes are mourning the death of Guy Ward Kochel Jr., 78, who coached ASU’s track and field program from 1972-89, including Olympian Earl Bell.

KAIT, Ch. 8, posted the note it got from Bell:

“Coach Kochel was a great role model, mentor, & friend. He was a great coach, leader, and teacher. I was very lucky to have him in my life. We had a lot of good times and success together, but he made sure there was some learning going on, and he ALWAYS made sure you stayed humble. My thoughts and prayers are with Sue and his family.”

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