Al Hobson, who trained Olympic gold medal sprinter Maurice Greene and coached for 20 years at Kansas City Kansas Community College, received his NJCAA Track and Field Hall of Fame plaque on Tuesday.
“It’s always good to be recognized as one of the best by your peers,” Hobson, 75, said in a release from the school.
In addition to coaching Olympians such as Greene, Justin Gatlin, Muna Lee and others, Hobson also advised Chiefs and Royals players, including Lorenzo Cain, on improving their running technique to prevent injuries.
Before KCKCC discontinued its competitive track program, Hobson coached Ernest Greene, Jason Thompson, Mark Jelks, Jerome Foster and Chris Wright to NJCAA championships.
Hobson attended Sumner High School, served in the Marines and worked at General Motors before coming to KCKCC. According to the school, Hobson started coaching track when his daughter, Adrea, qualified for a national event at age 11. Hobson also founded the Kansas City Chargers team.