NDIANAPOLIS – Tennessee State University head coach Chandra Cheeseborough and University of Alabama men’s head coach Harvey Glance will serve as the respective women’s and men’s head coaches for Team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany, USA Track & Field announced Monday. Rich Torrellas and Ken Brauman will serve as the head managers.
Cheeseborough, Glance and the Team USA staff will guide the World’s #1 Track & Field Team at the World Championships, August 15-23 in Berlin.
At the most recent World Outdoor Championships in 2007 in Osaka, Japan, Team USA tied the all-time World Championships record for gold medals with 14, matching its feat from 2005, and tied the American all-time medal tally at a World Outdoor Championships with 26. In Osaka, Team USA led a medal table in which a record 46 countries won medals. When Team USA last won 26 medals at a World Outdoor Championships in 1991, just 29 countries appeared on the medal table.
Cheeseborough to lead Team USA women’s team
Currently the head women’s and cross country coach at her alma mater Tennessee State University, National Track & Field Hall of Famer Chandra Cheeseborough broke onto the international track scene as a 16-year-old when she won two gold medals at the 1975 Pan American Games, taking the 200m in American-record time of 25.77 seconds. A three-time Olympian under the tutelage of National Track & Field Hall of Fame coach Ed Temple, Cheeseborough won two gold medals (4×100 and 4×400 relays) at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, becoming the first woman ever to accomplish that double-relay feat, with both finals staged less than an hour apart. She also won a silver medal in the 400 meters at the 1984 Games, and twice set the American record in the women’s 400 meters.
Cheeseborough was named Tennessee State’s men’s and women’s coach in 1999. Internationally, she has served as an assistant coach at the 2008 Olympic Games, the 2001 World Outdoor Championships and the 1999 Pan American Junior Championships.
Glance to lead Team USA men’s squad
HarveyGlance is in his 11th season as the men’s track and field head coach at the University of Alabama where he has coached 73 All-Americans, including 15 in the 2002 season. He has also coached 39 conference champions, athletes who have produced 23 Alabama school records, and eight national champions.
Glance was the men’s head coach at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. He also was the sprints/hurdles coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games, the 2003 World Outdoor Championships in Paris and 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing. A highly accomplished sprinter, Glance was a 16-time All-American, three-time Olympic Team qualifier, and at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal he finished fourth in the 100 meters and ran the opening leg on the gold medal winning U.S. 4x100m relay team. At the 1979 Pan American Games, Glance was second in the 100 meters and won the gold medal as a member of the American 4x100m relay team. Glance qualified for the 1980 Olympic Games, but did not compete due to the U.S. boycott. As a member of U.S. relay teams, Glance went on to win gold medals at the 1985 IAAF World Cup, 1987 Pan American Games and 1987 World Outdoor Championships.
Torrellas, Brauman to serve as head managers
Team USA women’s head manager Rich Torrellas has served on 15 Team USA staffs as a manager, coach, Team Leader or Chef de Mission. He was Head Manager for the 2008 Olympic Games, 2006 World Indoor Championships, 2001 World University Games and the 1995 World Championships, and was Assistant Manager for the 1992 Olympic Team. He currently serves as the Secretary of the USATF Women’s Track and Field Committee, is a National Technical Official (NTO), has completed a USATF Level 2 Coaching Education School and was a former USATF Race Walk Committee Chair. Torrellas has coached for 35 years at the high school and college levels, and currently teaches in the New Haven, Conn., Public Schools.
Team USA men’s head manager Ken Brauman, who has served as the head track coach at Seminole High School in Sanford, Fla., since 1983, has been named Florida Track Coach of the Year 10 times, has coached 57 High School All-Americans and was named the 1997 National High School Track and Field Coach of the Year. A member of the Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame, Brauman is also an inductee of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
A USA Track & Field Certified Level 1 Coaching Instructor, Brauman has served as the head manager on two U.S. World Junior Championship team staffs, and has been an assistant coach on five U.S. international team staffs including the 1997 World Indoor Championships in Paris, France, and the 2001 World Outdoor Championships in Edmonton, Canada.
Women’s staff assistant coaches
Tonya Buford-Bailey – Sprints/Hurdles: A 1993 graduate of the University of Illinois, Buford-Bailey became the head women’s track and field coach at her alma mater in 2008 after serving as an assistant since 2004. Buford-Bailey coached the female sprinters and hurdlers at the 2007 Pan American Junior meet, with her event-group athletes winning nine of Team USA’s 23 total medals. She was a three-time Olympian, earning a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta to become the first female Illini athlete to win an Olympic medal. She was the first woman in history to break 53 seconds in the 400m hurdles, doing so twice.
Annie Bennett – Distance: Bennett is in her 10th season as the head coach of the Wake Forest cross country team. Bennett also served as the head women’s track and field coach at Wake Forest for two years and was named 2002 ACC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. Bennett previously was the head coach of the women’s track and cross country program at Stephen F. Austin State University for five years. Internationally, Bennett led the 2005 U.S. Senior Women’s World Cross Country team that won the bronze medal. As an athlete, Bennett was a six-time All-American and NCAA champion at the University of Texas.
Caryl Smith Gilbert – Jumps: The head cross country and women’s track and field coach at the University of Central Florida since 2007, Smith Gilbert was an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee for five seasons where she was responsible for coaching sprints, hurdles and jumps. During her tenure with the Lady Vols her athletes won three NCAA titles and seven Southeastern Conference championships, earned 53 NCAA Division I All-America honors and also established 19 school records. At Tennessee, she mentored 2005 world champion long jumper Tianna Madison and 2004 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist Dee Dee Trotter. A former assistant coach at Alabama and Penn State, Smith Gilbert coached the sprints at the 2005 Pan Am Junior Championships.
Carrie Lane – Throws: A member of the coaching staff at Coastal Carolina for five years, Lane is in her fifth season at the University of Virginia as throws coach. As a member of Coastal Carolina’s staff for five years, Lane helped the Chanticleers to the Big South Triple Crown by winning the women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field championships, a first for Coastal track and field.Named the United States Track Coaches Association 2004 Mondo Women’s National Assistant Throws Coach of the Year, Lane has led UVA throwers Yemi Ayeni and Billie Jo Grant to All America honors. Lane served on the Team USA coaching staff at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China.
Men’s staff assistant coaches
Andrew Valmon – Sprints/Hurdles: Valmon arrived at the University of Maryland as the school’s head coach in 2003 after serving on the track and field staff at Georgetown University since 1995, where he served as the men’s head coach for four seasons. During his track career Valmon earned gold medals as a member of the United States 4×400 relay teams at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. He was on 13 U.S. National Teams, earning gold medals at the 1990 Goodwill Games, the 1993 World Championships and the 1994 Goodwill Games. He owns a personal-best of 44.28 in his specialty, the 400-meter dash, and was ranked as high as fourth in the nation and seventh in the world during his career.
Stanley Redwine – Distance: In Redwine’s first eight seasons as head coach at the University of Kansas, 33 Jayhawk student-athletes achieved 68 All-America Honors, including eight individual national titles, and the men’s and women’s teams combined to set more than 60 school records and crack the KU all-time top-five list in more than 60 events. Redwine’s 2001 and 2002 men’s teams were enshrined into the KU Hall of Fame after back-to-back eighth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships. The Team USA men’s head coach at the 2007 Pan American Games, Redwine was a five-time Olympic Trials qualifier as an athlete, a five-time World Championship team member (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993) and a two-time U.S. 800m champion.
Steve Fritz – Jumps: Now in his 16th season as a member of the coaching staff at Kansas State University, Fritz has coached 12 different athletes to a total of 22 Big 12 conference titles. He has had eight All-Americans earn a total of 20 All-American certificates and has had at least one athlete qualify for nationals every year he’s been coaching at Kansas State. Fritz has mentored 18 NCAA qualifiers, nine USA National qualifiers, seven Junior National qualifiers, one World University Games qualifier and one World Junior qualifier. Fritz, who owns a decathlon personal best of 8,644 points and was a two-time All-American at KSU, finished fourth at the 1996 Olympic Games and at the 1997 World Outdoor Championships.
Lance Deal – Throws: One of the greatest hammer throwers in U.S. history, Deal is in his seventh year with the University of Oregon, where he established himself as one of the nation’s top collegiate throws coaches. As an athlete, Deal was a four-time Olympic hammer thrower, national record holder, 21-time national champion and 1996 Olympic silver medalist. In world rankings, he stood first in the world in 1996 and was top-10 five other seasons (1992-93-94-95-98). In his first six seasons on the Oregon staff, Deal has helped guide the Ducks to an NCAA championship, 14 All-America honors, nine Pac-10 titles and 23 school records.
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