USTFCCCA Names National Coaching Awards After Tegen, Dellinger

Nov. 17, 2006

Metairie, La. - The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association will pay tribute to two of the most respected figures in collegiate cross country by naming its Division I national coach-of-the-year honors for Bill Dellinger and Peter Tegen.

The USTFCCCA Division I coaches of the year will be known as the Bill Dellinger Men's Award and the Peter Tegen Women's Award. This year's honorees will be announced Monday following the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.

'It's a way to honor these great coaches and keep their names out in the public now and for many years to come,' said Sam Seemes, CEO of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. 'Bill Dellinger and Peter Tegen are legends in the sport who deserve to be further recognized, and the USTFCCCA also believes their names will give our national awards even more prestige.'

As the Oregon men's cross country coach from 1968 to 1998, Dellinger guided the Ducks to four NCAA team championships among their 12 top-three NCAA finishes. His teams won 13 Pacific-8 and Pacific-10 Conference titles and four regional championships.

Dellinger coached some of the finest distance runners in U.S. history. His athletes included Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar, Matt Centrowitz, Rudy Chapa and Bill McChesney.

Dellinger, a native of Springfield, Ore., was a two-time NCAA champion in cross country for the Ducks. He competed on three U.S. Olympic teams, winning a bronze medal in the 5,000-meter run at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Now retired from coaching, Dellinger lives in Eugene.

Tegen has won three NCAA women's cross country championships at Wisconsin and Stanford. In his 30 years at Wisconsin, Tegen coached two national championship teams (1984-85) and had 24 top-10 national finishes.

Last fall, in his first season at Stanford, Tegen guided the Cardinal to the NCAA title. Tegen's Stanford women are ranked No. 1 in the country heading into Monday's NCAA meet.

In 2005, Tegen was named the Outstanding NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Coach of the past 25 years by the USTFCCCA. He coached such great runners as Kathy Butler, Suzy Favor Hamilton and Cindy Bremser.

The Dellinger and Tegen awards are determined by members of the NCAA Division I men's and women's cross country coaches association.

For more information, see www.ustfccca.org.

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