Outgoing head coach of Johnson C Smith University, Jamaican Lennox Graham has admitted that it was a very difficult decision to leave the Division 2 University where he has served for 10 years to move to Division 1 Clemson University. Graham will be assistant to Jamaican head coach Mark Elliott at Clemson.
But speaking on Hitz 92 FM’s Girls Sports Club on Friday, the Kingston College alum admitted that leaving his student athletes was very difficult.
“In making a decision to resign and move on I had to speak with my Athletics Director and my president together and my team and the hardest one was speaking with my team. It was a very emotional meeting as people were hurt, disappointed and angry. I am still at Johnson C Smith until next Friday so persons actually walk up to me now and say coach I’m not mad at you, I’m happy for your opportunity,” said Graham.
Graham, who served as part of the national coaching staff at the Rio Olympics as well as the London World Championships, conditioned Olympians Danielle and Shermaine Williams and Leford Green while they were students at Johnson S Smith. He continued to guide their careers while they represented Jamaica. But he says no final decision has yet been made on whether he will still be in charge of their programmes.