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USATF mourns loss of Mamie Rallins

5/17/2016
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- USATF mourns the loss of a two-time Olympian and former Ohio State women’s track and field and cross country coach Mamie Rallins, who passed away Monday in a car crash in Fremont, Ohio.
 
Rallins (Port Clinton, Ohio) competed in the 80-meter hurdles at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games and in the 100mH at the Munich 1972 Games. She served as U.S. head coach at the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships, assistant coach for the 1996 U.S Olympic Team in Atlanta and as head manager at the Sydney 2000 Games.
 
She was the first African-American female coach at The Ohio State University, where she took the helm in 1976 and remained for 18 years.
 
During her OSU career, she coached 60 Big Ten indoor/outdoor champions, 24 All Americans, nine U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field qualifiers, an Olympian and USATF President Stephanie Hightower. She also spent three years as an assistant athletic director.
 
Always remaining close to the sport, Rallins became a volunteer coach and team statistician impacting future generations of Buckeyes and elite athletes.
 
Rallins was 74.

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