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LeRoy Walker

Inducted: 1983, coach

Born: June 4, 1918 - Atlanta, Georgia


A past president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Dr. LeRoy Walker served the sport of track and field as both coach and administrator. Holder of a doctoral degree from New York University, Walker was the chancellor at North Carolina Central University in Durham, where he had previously excelled as the university's track coach. As an undergraduate at Benedict College, Walker starred in football, basketball and track. He subsequently earned his Master's degree from Columbia University before turning to coaching. After taking over as NCC track coach in 1945, Walker developed a number of outstanding athletes, including hurdler Lee Calhoun, an Olympic champion and Hall of Famer. Walker also served as a coach or consultant for several foreign Olympic teams from 1960 through 1972. In 1976, he was the U.S. men's head coach, the first African-American man to serve in that position. Walker was chairman of the AAU men's track and field committee from 1973 to 1976 and the coordinator of coaching assignments for the AAU and TAC from 1973 to 1980. He became TAC president from 1984 to 1988. He later served as senior vice president for sport of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. He brought many top track and field meets to Durham and was a key figure in the organizing of the Olympic Festival when it was held in North Carolina. He also is the author of three major books on physical education and track and field. Walker was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1987.

Education
undergraduate: Benedict College (Columbia, South Carolina), 1940

Occupations
Coach
Athletic administrator

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