Aug. 16, 2002
Art Venegas, who just completed his third season as the head coach of the UCLA men's track & field team and his 21st year on the Bruin staff coaching the men and women's throwers, has been nominated to serve on the USA men's track & field staff for the upcoming 2003 Pan American Games. He will coach the men's throwing events.
Regarded as one of the world's premier men's and women's throwing events coaches, in 2002 Venegas earned MPSF Indoor and Cal/NV Outdoor Men's Coach of the Year honors and guided the Bruin men to a dual meet victory over archrival USC. During his Bruin career, he has coached Bruin men and women throwers to 33 NCAA individual titles and since 1990, UCLA throwers have won 45 Pac-10 event championships.
At the 2002 NCAA Outdoor, Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women placed second in the team standings and were led by an NCAA record-tying five individual event winners, including junior Chaniqua Ross in the discus and redshirt freshman Jessica Cosby in the shot put.
Along with Venegas, also on the U. S. team Pan Am men's staff are - head coach Fred Harvey (assistant at Arizona, sprints/hurdles), assistant Stanley Redwine (head coach at Kansas, distance events) and assistant Irving Schexnayder (assistant coach at LSU, jumping events).
The nominations for the Pan Am Games are being submitted to the U. S. Olympic Committee. Once approved by the USOC, the Team USA men and women's staffs will guide the World's No. 1 track & field team at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Aug. 3-10.