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USATF Hall of Famer Dr. Evie Dennis, Coaching Legend Tom Tellez Honored by IAAF


MONTE CARLO, MONACO — USATF Hall of Famer and board member Dr. Evie Dennis has received the IAAF Women in Athletics honor and coaching legend Tom Tellez has been recognized as the IAAF Coaching Achievement Award recipient, the IAAF announced today.

Dr. Evie Dennis has served as a role model for women and girls for over 40 years through her service to the sport of Athletics and education. She began her leadership career with the Denver (Colo.) School System, where she served as Superintendent of Schools and was charged with implementing and monitoring the U.S. Supreme Court-ordered desegregation of the Denver School System, ensuring equal education for all students. She successfully guided the school system through this complicated and divisive period to create positive alliances between the school districts, parents, students, teachers, patrons and community leaders.

Dr. Dennis’ legacy to the sport began when she became a supporter of her daughter’s track team, the Colorado Flyers Track Club (one of the largest youth teams in the USA in the 1970s) and rose through the ranks of city, state, national and international sports organizations. She was the first woman to serve on the United States Olympic Committee’s Executive Committee as Vice President, the first woman to serve as a Chef de Mission for an Olympic Games and was the female voice that pushed the Title IX law that provided equal access to sport for women and girls in the United States.  She played an integral role in adding more women’s events to the Olympic program, refusing to yield to the male-dominated IOC on the issue.

Dr. Dennis has served as the chairperson for USATF Women’s Track & Field Committee, the USOC’s Women’s Committee and was one of the key advocates for the development of the IAAF Women’s Committee.  She has served as President of TAC (today known as USA Track & Field) and as USOC Vice President, as well as on the USATF Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Sports Academy.

She is the 2013 recipient of the USOC’s Olympic Torch Award given to an individual who has positively impacted the Olympic Movement, and the IOC’s Olympic Order.

University of Houston’s Tom Tellez is the 2014 IAAF Coaching Achievement Award winner. A member of the U.S. Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Tellez has produced some of the greatest track and field performers in the history of the sport.

His former Cougars included four-time NCAA champion and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, former NCAA and Olympic 200-meter gold medalist Joe DeLoach, two-time NCAA champion and Olympic silver medalist Kirk Baptiste and three-time NCAA champion, Olympic bronze medalist Frank Rutherford and Olympic gold medalist, three-time NCAA champion and former world 100-meter record holder Leroy Burrell.

He was Team USA’s head coach for the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo and the 1987 Pan American squad. He served as an assistant coach for the 1980 and 1984 USA Olympic teams. He coached the throwing events in 1980 and the jumping events in 1984.

Both honorees were recognized in Monaco by IAAF President Lamine Diack on Friday, November 21 at the IAAF Gala.

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