June 26, 2002
Bob Larsen, who was the UCLA men's track & field head coach from 1985-99, has been nominated by USA T & F to serve as the men's distance coach on the USA T & F staff at the upcoming 2004 Olympic Games.
Since retiring from UCLA three years ago, Larsen has been the head coach of Team USA California. One of his athletes, former Bruin running great Mebrahtom Keflezighi, recently won the USA 10,000m championship and in 2001 set the American record in the 10,000m (27:13.98).
During his UCLA years, Larsen was also the Bruin men's cross country head coach from 1979-99, he directed the Bruin men's track & field team to two NCAA Outdoor titles (1987-88), nine Pac-10 crowns, including five consecutive from 1992-96 and four national dual meet championships. His 15-year dual meet record was 118-3-1, including a 51 dual meet winning streak from 1991-99. Larsen was a four-time NCAA and nine-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year. He's in the Mt. SAC Relays and CA Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Halls of Fame.
Also nominated for the 2004 U. S. men's T & F staff were ? head coach George Williams (head coach at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, NC), sprints/hurdles Orin Richburg (former head coach at Washington), jumps/multis Ralph Lindeman (Air Force Academy head coach), throws Criss Somerlot (USATF Junior Commission administrator) and middle distance Vin Lananna (Stanford head coach).
The nominations for the Olympic staff are being submitted to the U. S. Olympic Committee. Once approved by the USOC, the team USA staff will guide the World's No. 1 track & field team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. In Olympic competition, Team USA (men and women) has won 297 gold medals and 688 medals overall.