Brian Sell Pays Tribute To Deceased Coach

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 16, 2010

The priest was a living legend at St. Francis University.

Saint Francis University has recently lost an icon. Father Bede Hines, the university’s longtime track and cross-country coach passed away at the age of 92. Brian Sell, a graduate of Saint Francis and an Olympic marathoner had been coached by “Father Bede”.

“I recall him telling me about the old days of running in the locker room one day when I was swimming since I had an injury at the time and couldn’t run,” Sell said. “I was complaining that I couldn’t run and I was falling behind the competition since I couldn’t train properly. He said it’s not what you do to prepare but that you believe in what you are doing that is most important.’

Father Bede coached at St. Francis for 34 years.

St. Francis sports information director Kevin Southard mourned the priests passing. “We lost a caring and compassionate priest,” Southard said. “He was a great, great man.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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