Reigning world champion decathlete Tom Pappas, who finished a disappointing second at the U.S. Olympic trials, has split with his longtime coach, Bill Webb.
Webb, head track and field coach at the University of Tennessee, coached Pappas for eight years, including his collegiate career and at the 2000 Olympics. Pappas is now working with Brian Brophy and Kip Janvrin, both former decathletes.
Brophy works for the World's Greatest Athlete Decathlon Club, a nonprofit foundation that has training centers around the country and pays Pappas a stipend. Janvrin is head coach at Central Missouri State.
Pappas joined the decathlon club two years ago, and Webb said the club got more involved in his training the past six months. Webb said he stepped aside because too many people were trying to coach Pappas.