Wes Dodson is the girls track and field head coach and girls cross country head coach at Center Grove High School.
He has taught pre-calculus and math at Center Grove for 12 years, is in his second season as track head coach and is in his 10th season as cross country head coach.
Sports editor Rick Morwick recently asked Dodson the following questions:
How did you get interested in running?
When I was around 8 years old, my dad used to take me to races on Saturdays, and I normally did pretty well in my age division.
Did you compete in track and field/cross country in high school or college?
I ran cross country and track for North Central High School. I went to Indiana University but did not run for the team.
Which is tougher to coach, cross country or track?
I would say coaching track is a little bit more difficult because there are so many events and so much more paperwork.
What sports to you enjoy besides the two you coach?
I really enjoy watching baseball and college basketball. My favorite teams are the Cleveland Indians and the Indiana Hoosiers.
How much do you exercise to stay fit? Or what do you do to stay fit?
I run every day with the distance girls. They keep me in great shape since they are all great runners. We probably run between 30 to 40 miles a week.
Do you run the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or any similar races?
I have run the mini-marathon since I was in seventh grade. I think that means I have run 22 in a row. My goal is always to get a top 500 medal. I have been pretty lucky lately.
What’s the worst habit you have?
I drink a lot of Mountain Dew.
What’s the best habit you have?
I try to be the best at everything I do.
What’s the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to you during a meet?
I have been known to make a scene if things go exceptionally well or really bad. Sometimes I need to work on keeping my emotions in check.
If you had one event in your life to do over, what would it be?
One year in the mini-marathon I walked about a quarter of a mile. I let my mind get the best of me and convince myself I couldn’t do it. I use that as motivation every day. If you believe in yourself, you can do anything.
What’s the best advice you ever received?
If you’re going to do something, do it right. — Brent Harrell
If you were forced to sing karaoke in front of a large group of people, what song would you choose?
“The Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground
What’s your favorite book?
“Outrageous” by Charles Barkley
What’s your favorite TV show?
“The Office” or “Modern Family”
What’s your favorite restaurant?
Steak ‘n Shake
Who’s your favorite band or musician?
If you could have dinner with four other people, past or present, who would they be?
My dad, grandpa, Bob Knight and Jay Edwards (greatest clutch shooter ever for Indiana University)