Former Bruin Men's Track And Field Head Coach Nominated For 2004 Olympic Games Staff

June 26, 2002

Bob Larsen, who was the UCLA men's track & field head coach from1985-99, has been nominated by USA T & F to serve as the men's distancecoach on the USA T & F staff at the upcoming 2004 Olympic Games.

Since retiring from UCLA three years ago, Larsen has been the headcoach of Team USA California. One of his athletes, former Bruin runninggreat Mebrahtom Keflezighi, recently won the USA 10,000m championship andin 2001 set the American record in the 10,000m (27:13.98).

During his UCLA years, Larsen was also the Bruin men's cross countryhead coach from 1979-99, he directed the Bruin men's track & field team totwo NCAA Outdoor titles (1987-88), nine Pac-10 crowns, including fiveconsecutive from 1992-96 and four national dual meet championships. His15-year dual meet record was 118-3-1, including a 51 dual meet winningstreak from 1991-99. Larsen was a four-time NCAA and nine-time Pac-10 Coachof the Year. He's in the Mt. SAC Relays and CA Community College CrossCountry and Track Coaches Halls of Fame.

Also nominated for the 2004 U. S. men's T & F staff were ? head coachGeorge Williams (head coach at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, NC),sprints/hurdles Orin Richburg (former head coach at Washington),jumps/multis Ralph Lindeman (Air Force Academy head coach), throws CrissSomerlot (USATF Junior Commission administrator) and middle distance VinLananna (Stanford head coach).

The nominations for the Olympic staff are being submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee. Once approved by the USOC, the team USA staff willguide the World's No. 1 track & field team at the 2004 Olympic Games inAthens, Greece. In Olympic competition, Team USA (men and women) has won297 gold medals and 688 medals overall.

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