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Team USA Staff

Men's Staff

John Smith, Head Coach: A two-time U.S. outdoor 400m champion and a 1972 Olympian, John Smith will lead the U.S. men's team at Helsinki with the reputation as one of the world's finest sprint coaches. Smith ended a highly-successful 16-year stint as the sprints, hurdles and relays coach at his alma mater UCLA following the 2000 season to devote all of his energies to his head coaching duties with the sports management group HSInternational, Inc. Smith is world renowned for coaching such HSI stars as Olympic gold medalists Maurice Greene, Jon Drummond and Inger Miller; triple 2003 World Championships medalist Torri Edwards; top-ranked hurdler Larry Wade; and four-time NCAA 100m champion Angela Williams, among others.

Larry James, Manager: Larry James returns as the men's manager after serving in that capacity for Team USA at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris. The 1968 Olympic 400m silver medalist, who also won a gold medal in the 4x400m relay in Mexico City, James was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame on December 5, 2003. James serves as the chairman of USATF's Budget and Finance Committee and is Dean of Athletics and Recreational Programs and Services at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Robert Weir, Throws: A three-time Olympic Games discus thrower for Great Britain, Robert Weir served as the throws coach at Stanford University for more than a decade and recently was appointed head coach of the Stanford men's track & field team. The coach of 2000 Olympic Games silver medalist Adam Nelson, during his tenure at Stanford Weir has produced numerous All-Americans in the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin.

Jack Hazen, Endurance Events: Jack Hazen's appointment to the Team USA coaching staff is his fourth assignment on a U.S national team. The head men's and women's cross country coach at Malone College in Canton, Ohio, Hazen is a member of USA Track & Field's Board of Directors.

Jack Warner, Sprints/Hurdles: Jack Warner has been the jumps coach at The Ohio State University for more than a decade. In addition to his appointment to the 2003 Team USA world outdoor staff, in 2002 Warner served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. A former athlete, Warner still the school pole vault record holder at Middle Tennessee State University.

Ron Mann, Jumps: Ron Mann will retire after 24 years as head track coach at Northern Arizona University following the spring 2004 season after amassing 57 Big Sky team titles, 56 Big Sky Coach of the Year awards, 103 All-Americans, 16 top-10 NCAA finishes and five Olympians. At least one of Mann's teams have finished among the top-10 in the nation 13 times in the last 16 years, and eight times in the last eight years.

Thomas McLean, Athlete Representative

Women's Staff

Sandy Fowler, Head Coach: Since taking over the University of Alabama's women's track & field program in 1997, Sandy Fowler has turned the Crimson Tide into one of the nation's finest teams. Fowler assumes the role of Team USA's women's senior coach administrator after serving as an assistant coach at the 2000 Olympic Games and an assistant coach on the 1993 U.S. World Championships team staff. Before accepting the head coaching job at Alabama, she served as the University of Florida's field events coach for eight years. During that span, the Gators won four SEC team titles, along with two indoor and two outdoor championships.

Rita Somerlot, Manager: Named one of the Women's Sports Foundation's Coaches of the Year in 1999, Rita Somerlot coached girls track at Centerville (Ohio) High School from 1982-1998, where she mentored numerous individual state champions and led her 1988 team to a runner-up finish at the Ohio State Championships. A member of USATF's Women's Development Committee (Discus), Somerlot also serves the sport as a meet official.

Bob Kersee, Sprints/Hurdles: An assistant coach on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, Bob Kersee has coached athletes to more than 25 Olympic and World Championships medals during his career. His list of star pupils through the years includes greats such as Gail Devers, Greg Foster, Valerie Brisco-Hooks, and his wife, heptathlon world record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Kersee is the President of the Board of Directors of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Boys & Girls Club in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Kim Keenan-Kirkpatrick, Endurance Events: A former competitor at Kent State University, where she set three school records in middle distance events, Kim Keenan-Kirkpatrick is currently the Associate Director of Athletics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Diane Wholey, Throwing Events: Diane Wholey is in her fourth year as an assistant coach at Texas Tech University, following a two-year coaching stint at the University of Texas. She also served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee for two seasons. Wholey is the president of the U.S. Women's Track & Field Coaches Association.

Cliff Rovelto, Combined Events: In his 11 seasons as head women's coach at Kansas State University, Cliff Rovelto has been named Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year five times and has earned consecutive Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors. An assistant coach for Team USA at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, Rovelto served as the head coach of the U.S. Decathlon Team in dual meets with Germany in 1997 and 2003.

Angie Taylor, Athlete Representative

Medical Staff

Head Physician - Warren Strudwick, MD
Asst. Physician - Bunmi Beckley, MD
Sports Psychologist - Amy Wheeler, PhD
Sports Psychologist - Ross Flowers
Andy Paulin, ATC
Harris Patel, ATC
Maryanne Torrellas-Daniels, LMT
Angela Wood-Biting, LMT
James "Russ" Ebbets, DC

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