Art Venegas Will Not Return As UCLA Head Men's Track & Field Coach
July 2, 2009
Art Venegas, who has served as UCLA's head men's track and field coach for the past 10 years, will not return for the 2009-10 school year, it was announced today by Glenn L. Toth, Sr. Associate Athletic Director and sport supervisor for the track and field program.
One of the nation's premier throws coaches, Venegas led the Bruins to one Pac-10 team championship and two West Region team titles during his decade as the Bruin head coach. In 2009, the Bruins placed fifth at the Pac-10 championships and seventh at the West Regional. They did not score a point at the NCAA championships last month. His contract expired on June 30.
'We appreciate everything Art has done for the program during his 28 years as both an assistant and head coach,' said Toth. 'But we felt a change in leadership was necessary for the program at this time.
'Art is the preeminent throws coach in the nation. We extended an offer to him to remain on the staff to coach our throwers, but he declined.'
Venegas joined the UCLA staff for the 1982 season and served as an assistant coach for 16 years before to becoming head coach prior to the 2000 season. For most of his tenure in Westwood, he coached both the men and women throwers, producing numerous Pac-10 and NCAA champions, as well as Olympians.
The process of hiring a new head coach will begin immediately.