Oregon State Mourns the Loss of Steve DeAutremont
CORVALLIS – The Oregon State University Track and Field program mourns the loss of two-time NCAA Champion Steve DeAutremont, who has passed away.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Steve DeAutremont," said Oregon State head coach Louie Quintana. "Not only was he a champion thrower during a prolific time for track and field at Oregon State, but he has been an avid and most generous supporter of our current track and field program. Steve will always be a champion to us and will be greatly missed."
DeAutremont won NCAA titles in the hammer throw in 1969 and 1970 with throws of 190-5 and 203-9, respectively. His championships were preceded by a seventh place showing in the 1968 NCAA's.
DeAutremont held the school record in the hammer for 17 years with a career best of 207-2 set in 1970. He concentrated on the hammer for most of his career after also competing in the discus and shot in his sophomore and freshman seasons.
Following his Oregon State career, DeAutromont was a four-time member of the USA Track and Field Team, and quailfied for the 1976 Olympic Games, but was unable to compete due to illness. He also was a part-time throwing coach at OSU and helped develop All-Americans Butch Schmidt and Tim Fox.
A constant supporter of the Oregon State program, Steve established the DeAutremont Family Track and Field Endowment Fund, and was a member of the Terry Baker Society.
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).