GUELPH — It would be easy for Dave Scott-Thomas to have a bit of an ego.
The phenomenally successful University of Guelph cross-country and track coach saw his teams capture four Canadian university championships this year — the only four won by the school.
He also coached two of his Speed River Track and Field Club runners — Eric Gillis and Taylor Milne — to Olympic berths, helped organized five community charity runs and for the second straight year hosted an impeccably-ran Canadian Cross Country Championships.
Yet the Guelph Mercury’s male Newsmaker of the Year remains almost terminally humble.
“I’m really proud to be part of this town,” said Scott-Thomas, 44, who at the recent Canadian Cross Country Championships spent a chunk of his day delivering pizza and drinks to volunteers on remote parts of the course.
“There’s a nice ethos here. It’s a real healthy vibe.”
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