Memorial Service For Late USC Track Coach Vern Wolfe Set For November 9

Oct. 26, 2000

LOS ANGELES - A public memorial service for former USC men's track and field coach Vern Wolfe will be held on Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the United University Church (817 W. 34th St.) on campus.

A reception will follow immediately in the lobby of Heritage Hall.

Wolfe, whose teams won 7 NCAA championships during his 22 years (1963-84) at USC, died on Oct. 25 at age 78.

He had an impressive 105-17-1 record in dual meets (with 7 undefeated seasons) and won 8 conference crowns. He coached his USC athletes to 33 NCAA outdoor individual and relay titles, 6 Olympic gold medals and 30 world records. His athletes broke or tied every USC individual record. He was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

The men's locker room of USC's track and field stadium, currently under construction, will be named for Wolfe. Donations in Wolfe's name can be made by calling USC senior associate athletic director Don Winston at 213-740-4155.

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