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MILLARD (BILL) EASTON COACH (Inducted 1975)

Born September 13, 1906, Stinesville, Ind. Died Oct. 7, 1997.

Millard "Bill" Easton built a reputation as one of the nation's best coaches at two universities -- Drake University in Des Moines and the University of Kansas. During a coaching career that spanned three decades, Easton produced 32 All-Americans and eight Olympians. Three of those were also Olympic champions and world record holders -- shot putter Bill Neider, discus thrower Al Oerter and distance runner Billy Mills.

He coached at Drake from 1941 to 1947 and was also director of the famed Drake Relays. He then moved to Kansas and in the 1950s his Jayhawk teams won the Big Eight cross country, indoor track and outdoor track team titles eight years in a row. His teams won the 1953 national collegiate cross country title and the 1959 and 1960 NCAA outdoor track titles. The coach of the 1968 Mexican Olympic team, Easton graduated from Indiana University where he was coached by fellow Hall of Famer Billy Hayes.

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