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Former NC State track & field coach James Wescott dies

Posted May 29, 2014

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Former NC State track and field coach James B. Wescott drowned after suffering a medical event while rowing Megunticook Lake near Camden, Main, Tuesday.

Wescott, 71, coached track and field at NC State from 1966-1978.

Wescott, father of Olympic snowboarder Seth Wescot, came to Raleigh from New Hampshire in 1966 as a physical education instructor and assistant to then head coach Paul Derr. He served in that capacity for three years before assuming head track and field coaching duties in 1969.

"He was such a good man and a good person," said Margaret Westcott, James' former wife of 23 years who was also a former dance instructor and women's intramural director at NC State. "He was always concerned about academics and who his athletes were as people. His coaching record was phenomenal, but he placed the most importance on developing the athletes off the field where it meant the most."

Wescott took the men's indoor team to the NCAA Championships in 1974, 1976 and 1977, while guiding the outdoor team to a berth in the NCAA Championships in 1976.

Following his career with NC State, Wescott assumed head coaching duties of the men's track and field and men's cross country teams at Colby College, a Division III school in Waterville, Maine, from 1978 until 2003, before retiring.


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