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Dan Stimson made W&M track a family

Dan Stimson made W&M track a family

Dan Stimson was so big at age 12 that he carried his birth certificate to Little League baseball games to prove he was eligible. Larger still was his personality, which bonds hundreds of William and Mary track and field athletes graced by his coaching, counsel and friendship.

“I’ve never seen a coach where as many athletes loved him,” said Randy Hawthorne, a decades-long W&M track benefactor. “He took such an interest in them. He was like a giant teddy bear, and he was always so jovial and happy and willing to help out.”

Stimson, 68, died last month of natural causes, six-plus years after retiring as the Tribe’s director of track and cross country. The outpouring from...