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State College assistant coach making ‘awesome’ impact by providing lessons on and off the track

On a sweltering summer evening, Stanley Hamilton ran through one drill after another on the State College Area High School track, bolting out of the starting blocks or gliding over a series of hurdles.

A little earlier, Rachel Wylie bounced on one leg between hurdles after clearing each one, then later galloped along side the hurdles and clearing each with one leg.

Both athletes — Hamilton is a junior at State College and Wylie is a sophomore at Franklin and Marshall College — were under the watchful eye of Tom Kleban, who talked each student through the drills, gave feedback after each attempt and doled out plenty of praise and encouragement with a healthy, happy smile.

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