Strahorn announces he is leaving Guthrie’s running programs

James Strahorn is pictured with Mercy Dement and Tori Wells following the 2017 state cross country meet.

Strahorn announces he is leaving Guthrie’s running programs

Updated on June 24, 2019 — Coach has a change of heart; staying put in Guthrie

Known for dishing out hugs, Guthrie cross country coach James Strahorn gave his final hugs to his runners on Friday morning as he announced he is leaving the program.

In a message to student-athletes and runners on Thursday, Strahorn said the decision did not come easy.

“I can’t express how grateful I am for what we have experienced together. This was the hardest decision I’ve ever made.” He continued, “I am who I am because of the love and support we have all shown each other, and I’ll never forget all the memories we shared. Guthrie will forever be in my heart.”

Strahorn, a math teacher at the high school and a track assistant coach, helped lead the boys and girls cross country programs to the state meet in the past two seasons, including a 5A girl’s state runner-up finish in 2018.

Strahorn, the definition of a runner’s coach, said he has accepted a teaching and coaching position at Edmond Memorial and will be an assistant coach at the 6A school.

The first meet of the season will be August 24 in Hennessy.

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