Veney Tabbed as Portland State M&W Track & Field Head Coach

June 28, 2001

EUGENE - University of Oregon men's track and field assistant coach Tony Veney has accepted the position of director of the men's and women's track and field and cross country programs, and will begin his duties at Portland State on July 1.

This season, he oversaw Oregon's men's middle-distance runners and relays, and also served as the team's recruiting coordinator. Under his guidance in 2001, junior Simon Kimata earned an NCAA invite in the 800 meters in May with a season best of 1:47.92 to win the Texas Invitational and broke the Mike A. Myers Stadium record. Another Duck junior, Ross Krempley, scored for the second time in the 800 at the Pac-10 level and made his third final in the event.

In previous seasons, Veney had also coached the sprints, relays and jumps corps for the Ducks.

'If I wanted to just coach, I could have stayed at the University of Oregon,' said Veney. 'But, I liked the Portland State situation because I could be the program director which is like being the caretaker for the entire program. This job gives me a chance to not only coach but also show management skills in building a successful program.'

Later this summer, he will serve as head coach for the U.S. women's squad at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, Sept. 4-7. At the national level, he has also served as a co-chairman for the women's sprint development program for USA Track and Field since 1990 and helped supervise sprinter video analysis in the 1997 World Championships, 1995 Pan American Championships, 1991 Junior Pan American Championships and 1990 Olympic Festival.

Veney is a graduate of UCLA and was an alternate on the 4x400 relay on the Bruins' NCAA champion team in 1972. During his collegiate career, he ran his personal bests in the 800 meters (1:47.5) and 880 yards (1:48.0) in Eugene against the Ducks.

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