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Thornton, Taylor to head World Championships Team
7-2-2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Tom Surber
Media Information Manager
USA Track & Field
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Tom.Surber@usatf.org

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field on Tuesday named Bubba Thornton and Angie Taylor as Team USA’s head men’s and women’s coaches for the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Paris, France.

“Led by Bubba and Angie, this talented staff brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team as they compete at the most competitive track event in the world,” said USATF CEO Craig Masback. “We’re very happy to have such a strong group of coaches and managers for the 2003 World Championships.”

During Thornton’s six-year tenure at the University of Texas his teams have amassed three top-five NCAA finishes (one indoor/two outdoor) and won four Big 12 Conference titles (one indoor/three outdoor). During that time eight Longhorns have won NCAA individual titles and 23 others have combined to earn 51 All-American honors.

Thornton came to Texas after a 14-year stint at his collegiate alma mater, Texas Christian University, where he tutored 72 NCAA All-Americans and guided the men’s squad to five NCAA top-10 finishes from 1983-1987. Thornton led the Horned Frogs to 39 major relay titles, including five NCAA 400 meter relay championships.

No stranger to national team staffs, Thornton was an assistant coach for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team, and he also served as the U.S. men’s head coach at the 1996 World Junior Championships.

The head coach of George Mason’s women’s team since 1999, Angie Taylor has enjoyed a successful career as both an athlete and coach.

An All-American 100-meter hurdler while at Illinois State University, where she was named the school’s “Athlete of the Decade” for the 1980s, Taylor competed as a heptathlete for various USA national teams.

Formerly an assistant coach at Princeton (1995-1999), Taylor also served as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota (1993-1995), Southeastern Louisiana State University (1992-1993) and Louisiana State University (1990-1992).

An active member of USATF for many years, Taylor is the organization’s Athlete Advisory Committee heptathlon event leader. She made her international coaching debut at the 1998 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa after serving as the head manager for Team USA at the 1997 Junior Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba. In 2000, Taylor was an assistant manager for Team USA at the World Indoor Championships in Japan.

Thornton and Taylor lead a talented group of assistant coaches and managers, listed below:

Men

Sprints/hurdles, Harvey Glance: A 16-time All-American, three-time Olympian and 1976 Olympic relay gold medalist, he has served as the head coach at the University of Alabama for five years. He is a previous U.S. Pan American Games, World Junior Championships and World University Games team staff member.

Jumps/Multis, Arnie Robinson: The 1976 Olympic gold medalist in the long jump and former coach at San Diego Mesa Junior College, Robinson was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2000.

Throws/Multis, Ed Miller: The 1989 Olympic Festival team coach, Miller has been an assistant coach for 19 seasons at the University of California-Berkeley and a member of USATF’s Men’s Track & Field and Men’s Development Committees.

Middle distance, John McDonnell: The winner of 36 NCAA national team championships, 69 league championships, 28 consecutive cross country conference championships and the coach of 22 Olympians, McDonnell took over the University of Arkansas men’s cross country team in 1972 and the entire program in 1978.

Endurance events, Steve Vaitones: Formerly a nationally ranked race walker, he served as an assistant manager for the U.S. 1999 Pan American Games team and is the managing director of USATF’s New England Association.

Head Manager, Larry James: A 1968 Olympic relay gold medalist and 400 meter silver medalist, James is the chairman of USATF’s Budget and Finance Committee and the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Athletics and Recreation at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Assistant Manager, Kim Duyst: As a coach she has mentored 55 All-Americans, and seven of her athletes have won NCAA Division II Championships. She was an assistant manager on the U.S. 2001 World Outdoor Championships team and for 16 years she has been the head men’s and women’s track & field coach at California State University Stanislaus.

Women

Sprints/hurdles, Cedric Walker: A manager on the 1998 U.S. World Junior Championships team, Walker will serve as an assistant coach for the 2002 World Junior Championships team.

Jumps/multis, Cliff Rovelto: The head coach of the U.S. Decathlon Team in a 1997 dual meet with Germany and the head coach at Kansas State University for 11 years, he was named the 2001 U.S. Track Coaches Association Outdoor Coach of the Year. He currently coaches U.S. high jump champion Nathan Leeper and heptathlon champion Shelia Burrell.

Throws/Multis, Bonnie Edmondson: A member of USATF’s Women’s Track & Field Executive Committee and the Co-Chair of USATF’s Women’s Hammer Throw Development Committee, she served on the 1998 World Junior Championships team staff and conducts track and field clinics across the country.

Middle distance, Annie Schweitzer Bennett: A six-time All-American and NCAA champion while at the University of Texas and the 2000 U.S. Junior Women’s Cross Country team head coach, Schweitzer Bennett is the Director of Track & Field at Wake Forest University.

Endurance events, Julie McKinney: A member of the USATF Athlete Support Committee and Women’s Long Distance Running Committee, she is a former chair of the Women’s LDR Committee and was a manager for the 1992 U.S. Olympic and 1999 Pan American Games teams.

Head Manager, Judy Harrison: An assistant manager for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team and the former coach at San Jacinto College, she was the coach of six Olympians and a five-time National Coach of the Year.

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