Quiller dies of cancer
2000 Team USA Olympic Games assistant coach and long-time University of Colorado and West Point track and field and cross country coach Jerry Quiller died Thursday after a five-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 69.
A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Quiller’s coaching career began in 1970 and spent 14 seasons at the University of Colorado over two stints. His career included stops at Wayne State (Neb.), Colorado State and Idaho State before moving to West Point in 1995. His illness forced his retirement in 1998.
Along with being an Olympic team coach in 2000, Quiller was the U.S. men’s team coach for the 1981 World Cross Country Championships and the women’s coach for the U.S. at the 1994 World Cross Country Championships.
A long list of accolades, Quiller was one of the more successful coaches at both Colorado and West Point. At Colorado he coached the Buffs to three Big Eight Conference titles and five times was named the league’s coach of the year. In that span he coached 19 All-Americans including Olympians Adam Goucher and Alan Culpepper and garnered national coach of the year honors in 1994. At Army Quiller guided the men’s and women’s cross country teams to 37 Patriot League titles in 13 seasons. In winning a Patriot League title in either cross country or track and field in each of his 13 seasons, he was named the league’s coach of the year 22 times. He also coached 2004 Olympians Dan Browne and Anita Allen.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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