Photo: Phil Skinner
Photo: Phil Skinner

Beloved Atlanta running coach in the audience for annual track club event

When Medal of Honor recipient Captain Florent Groberg spoke tonight at the annual Atlanta Track Club Social, there was a very special local face in the audience: Paul Koshewa.

Koshewa, a beloved track coach from Westminster Schools and a veteran of three wars, was invited by Rich Kenah, the track club executive director. Koshewa was also on hand to congratulate Groberg during the event.

Now 93, Koshewa is a veteran of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars — and five decades at Westminster, where as coach he established dominant cross-country boys’ and girls’ teams.

Kowesha retired from Westminster in 1990, but would go on to be an Olympic torch bearer in Georgia during the 1996 Olymic Games. 

His time in the military was profiled by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2012. “I decided I didn’t want to be in a foxhole somewhere,” Koshewa said on his decision to fly planes. 

Attendees at tonight's track club social raised money for the nonprofit organization Kilometer Kids.

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