National coach and principal of GC Foster College, Maurice Wilson, has described recently deceased Calabar jumps coach Nicholas Neufville as a trainer that had a very bright future.
The body of Neufville was among one of two found in an open lot in Portmore, St Catherine on Monday morning by passers-by. He was 38 years old. In addition to being a part of the widely successful Calabar high school track and field program, the coach had recently joined the newly formed Legacy Track Club.
Wilson, however, also recognized Neufville’s lost potential in terms of his contribution to Jamaica’s national program.
“He was one of our best coaches in both the long and the triple jump. He coached at the high school level, but his skills and his skill sets coach have taken him anywhere,” Wilson said in a recent television interview.
“He became a part of that cadre of coaches that would have travelled with the junior teams over the years and there were great expectations for him moving forward.”
Neufville, who represented Calabar High and Jamaica in both the long and triple jumps, was responsible for conditioning some of the island’s top talents. The list includes the likes of Christopher Taylor, Oblique Seville, Dejour Russell, and Michael O’Hara.