Peter Tegen Honored by USTFCCCA

Feb. 6, 2006

Metairie, La - In 2005-06, the NCAA is celebrating its 25 years of sponsoring women's sports. To mark this milestone, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is honoring the outstanding women's coaches and schools of the years 1981-2006 in cross country and outdoor track and field.

When Stanford University named Peter Tegen its cross country coach in 2005, the California powerhouse knew it was getting a winner. In 30 years of coaching at the University of Wisconsin, Tegen led the Badgers to a pair of NCAA women's titles (1984-85) and 24 finishes in the Top 10 nationally. Tegen has had a team finish in the Top ten a phenomenal 18 times out of the 25 years that the NCAA has conducted a national women's cross country championship. Tegen has also produced three NCAA individual cross country champions: Kathy Branta (1984), Kathy Butler (1995), and Erica Palmer (1999).

Tegen's hiring paid immediate dividends at Stanford University. Stanford's women won all seven of their competitions in 2005, including the Pacific-10 Conference, NCAA West Region and NCAA championship titles.

'Peter Tegen has been a tremendous addition to the Stanford coaching staff,' said Edrick Floreal, The Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field. 'Peter has made an immediate impact on the Stanford distance running program, and in his first season, the women's cross country squad captured the NCAA title. The team has enjoyed learning from one of the best coaches in the United States.'

His extraordinary success at Wisconsin and Stanford led Tegen's peers in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to name him the outstanding NCAA Division I women's cross country coach of the past 25 years.

At Wisconsin, Tegen coached Olympians Kathy Butler, Suzy Favor and Cindy Bremser. Favor is one of the most decorated runners in the history of collegiate track, winning nine NCAA individual titles. Tegen's athletes earned more than 250 All-America honors at Wisconsin, and that number is sure to grow at Stanford, where the top six runners on this year's national championship team will return in 2006.

Tegen received his undergraduate degree from the Deutsche Sporthochschule and University of Koln in 1965. Tegen received graduate degrees in English and sports sciences from the University of Freiburg in 1973. Tegen taught English and coached gymnastics and track in Germany, Africa and Latin America before coming to Wisconsin in 1973.

The U. S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association serves as the professional association for men and women who coach in the sports of cross country and track and field throughout the United States. It provides educational opportunities and serves as a vehicle for networking, the exchange of information, and advocacy on behalf of the profession and the sports. The association represents over 1,800 NCAA Division I, II and III men's and women's programs as well as multiple high school and individual coaches.

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