Deem, Henry to lead Team USA at 2007 World Outdoor Championships

04-12-2007

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INDIANAPOLIS - University of Miami head women's coach Amy Deem and Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry have been named to serve as the women's and men's head coaches, respectively, for Team USA's track and field squads for the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Osaka, Japan, USA Track & Field announced Thursday. Ralph Lindeman and Diane Wholey will serve as head managers.

Women's staff assistant coaches are Rita Somerlot, Juli Henner, Danny Williams and John Frazier. Assistant coaches serving the men's staff are Mike Holloway, Ron Warhurst, Cliff Rovelto and Robert Weir. Relay coaches are Brooks Johnson and Orin Richburg. Deem, Henry and the Team USA staff will guide the World's #1 Track & Field Team at the World Championships in Osaka. At the most recent World Outdoor Championships in 2005 in Helsinki, Finland, Team USA set an all-time record in winning 14 gold medals. Team USA also won eight silver medals and three bronze medals for 25 medals overall, equaling its second-best medal tally in World Outdoor Championships history (1993, Stuttgart), and finishing one shy of the all-time record of 26 at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo.

Deem to lead Team USA women's team

The head women's coach at the University of Miami, Deem is in her 17th season with the team. She has guided 35 student-athletes to a combined 128 All-America honors and 10 individual national championships, including 2004 NCAA 100-meter champion Lauryn Williams. Deem continues to serve as Williams' coach, guiding her to the 2004 Olympic silver medal and 2005 world title.

In 1998, Deem was named the USA Track & Field Florida Coach of the Year. In 2002, she was honored as the United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year for Track and Field. She was head coach of the USATF Junior National team that competed in England and Scotland in 2001, and in the summer of 2003, she was the sprints/hurdles coach for the Pan Am Games.

Henry to lead U.S. men's team

Now the head coach at Texas A&M, Pat Henry left LSU in 2004 after an amazing 17-year run of success. Henry made LSU one of the pre-eminent track and field programs in the country while he was there by winning 27 national team championships on the men's and women's sides. He is the only coach in NCAA history to win both men's and women's track and field national championships in the same year and at the same national meet.

LSU produced 37 Olympians and 38 World Championship competitors during the Henry era, totals that include three Olympic gold medalists and five medalists at the World Championships. In 2004, 17 current or former LSU athletes competed at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Henry was the head men's coach for the 2000 World Junior Championships and head coach for the U.S. national men's team that same summer at the NACAC Under-23 Championships held in Monterrey, Mexico. Most recently he served as Team USA's head men's coach at the 2006 IAAF World Cup in Athens, Greece.

Wholey, Lindeman to serve as team managers

Team USA women's head manager Diane Wholey is in her seventh year as a member of the Texas Tech coaching staff, where she serves as the coach for men's and women's high jump, decathlon and heptathlon. She previously served two years as an assistant coach at the University of Texas, where she handled coaching duties for field events and heptathletes and was also the Longhorns' recruiting coordinator.

Wholey was the assistant throws coach for the 2005 World Outdoor Track and Field Championships and was women's head coach of the 2004 World Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Budapest, Hungary. She was head coach at the 2004 USA vs. Germany vs. France Team Challenge held in Munich, Germany and her vast international experience also includes being head manager for the 2002 NACAC Under 23 Championships.

Team USA men's head manager Ralph Lindeman is in his 18th season at the helm of the Air Force Academy track and field team. A five-time conference Coach of the Year, Lindeman also was the 2001 NCAA Mountain Region Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year.

Lindeman was an assistant coach at the 2004 Olympic Games and was men's head coach a the 2001 World University Games, 1999 Pan American Games and the "North Team" at the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival. He was an advisor to the South Korean team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and was a scheduling manager for the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

Women's staff assistant coaches

Rita Somerlot - Jumps/Combined Events: A 2000 Olympic Games assistant coach for the women's high jump, pole vault and combined events, Somerlot is one of Team USA's most experienced women's staff members. She has been head manager of three major international teams, including the 2004 and 2006 World Junior Championships and the 2005 World Outdoor Championships. Somerlot also was named the Jumps/Combined Events coach for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. An inductee into the Ohio Coaches Hall of Fame, Somerlot has been involved in track and field as a coach since 1969 and was named one of the Women's Sports Foundation's Coaches of the Year in 1999. In 2000, she became the first high school coach to be named to a women's Olympic Team staff.

Juli Henner - Distance: Henner is in her second season as an assistant coach at George Mason in 2006-07 after serving an assistant coach at Georgetown University, working with the men's and women's middle distance runners. She was part of the U.S. staff for the 2003 World Cross Country Championships and was team leader at the 2006 World XC meet in Fukuoka, Japan. A 1996 Olympian in the 1,500 meters, Henner was an All-American at James Madison University. She won silver medals in the 1,500m at the World University Games in 1993 and 1995. Post-collegiate athletes she currently coaches include 2006 USA indoor 1,500m champion Chris Lukezic and former NCAA 800m champion Sam Burley.

Danny Williams - Sprints/ Hurdles: Williams is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Cal Poly track and field program, serving as recruiting coordinator and strength and development coach as well as his day-to-day track and field responsibilities. Williams has served as the USA Men's Manager at the Pan American Junior Championships in 2005 and was women's head coach for the 2001 World Indoor Championships. He was an assistant at the 1999 World Outdoors and head coach for the 1997 Pan Am Junior team.

John Frazier - Throws: Frazier is in his first season as the throws coach for the University of Tennessee after serving six years as a men's and women's assistant at Arizona. During his 18 years in the track & field coaching community, Frazier's athletes have won 32 All-America awards, including 13 at the NCAA Division II level. As a college athlete, he was a three-time All-American at UCLA in the shot put, and he also competed in the hammer throw.

Men's staff assistant coaches

Mike Holloway - Sprints/Hurdles: Holloway is in his fifth season as head track and field coach at the University of Florida and 12th season on the Gators' staff. In his first four seasons as head coach he's amassed seven individual and relay NCAA titles, four runner-up finishes at NCAA Championships and two NCAA East Regional titles. Internationally, he was head coach for the 2004 NACAC U-23 Championships, where American athletes won 27 of 40 events contested. Among the athletes he coaches is two-time outdoor Visa Champion Kerron Clement.

Ron Warhurst - Distance: Ron Warhurst is in his eighth season as the head coach of the University of Michigan men's track and field program after serving as an assistant coach with the program for 26 seasons. He has been head cross country coach for 33 years. Over his three decades as the distance specialist at Michigan, Warhurst has led 40 individuals and eight relays to All-America citations in track and field and developed 38 All-Americans in cross country, as well as leading Michigan teams to seven Big Ten cross country titles. He has been Big Ten Cross Country Coach of the Year four times and earned NCAA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 1997 and 1998. He is coach and advisor to several top professional distance runners, including Olympians Tim Broe and Grant Robison.

Cliff Rovelto - Jumps/Combined Events: Rovelto is in his 15th season as the head coach at Kansas State University and his 18th at the school overall. Since becoming the head coach, the Wildcat men's and women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field programs have earned 126 All-American certificates and 94 individual conference championships. His latest international assignment was as an assistant for Team USA at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships. He has been head coach of the U.S. Decathlon Team in dual meets with Germany in 1997 and 2003, and was named to the U.S. coaching staff for the 2002 World Cup and the 2003 World Outdoor Championships in Paris.

Robert Weir - Throws: A 12-time national discus champion in Great Britain, Robert Weir is in his fourth season as Stanford's head men's track and field coach. Under Weir's direction, Stanford has produced numerous men's and women's All-Americans in every throwing event, including collegiate record holder Jillian Camarena. Weir was an assistant coach at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships and was head men's coach at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China.

Relay Coaches

Brooks Johnson: A former head coach at Stanford University (1979-1992) and California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo (1993-96), Johnson was the 1984 Olympic Team women's head coach and will serve as a relay coach for the 2008 Olympic Team in Beijing, China. He is a former director of the ARCO Olympic Training Center, and he is currently the High Performance Division chair for USATF, in which capacity he serves on the Board of Directors. Since 2003, he has been National Relay Teams coach for USATF. He was inducted into the United States Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997.

Orin Richburg: The Team USA head coach for the 1997 World Indoor Championships and the 2001 World Outdoor Championships, Richburg converted the University of Washington's women's team into one of the best dual-meet squads in the nation, ending his 17-year career with the most dual meet victories in school history. Prior to his stint at UW, Richburg spent seven seasons at Kent State University, where he recruited and coached 1984 Olympic 200m bronze medalist Thomas Jefferson. Richburg was the head relay coach for Team USA at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China and will serve as a relay coach for Team USA at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

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