March 16, 2007
USA Track & Field has announced that Head UCLA Women's Track & Field Coach Jeanette Bolden has been named the U.S. Women's Head Coach for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Currently in her 14th year at the helm of her alma mater of UCLA, Bolden has continued UCLA's reputation as an NCAA powerhouse. As a coach, her squads have won three NCAA team championships - outdoors in 2004 and indoors in 2000 and 2001 - and were runners-up at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships. In all, she has been part of five NCAA champion teams, both as a coach and athlete. Her UCLA teams have a 72-0 dual meet record, with 13 consecutive wins over archrival USC. The Bruins have been rated the nation's top dual meet team on nine separate occasions.
In 1999, Bolden was an assistant coach of the U.S. women's team at the World Outdoor Championships, and in 1998 she was named the USOC Track & Field Developmental Coach of the Year. At the completion of the '94 collegiate campaign, Bolden served as an assistant coach for the West squad at the Olympic Festival in St. Louis.
Bolden also will bring her invaluable experience as an Olympic athlete to her Olympic staff position. An Olympic gold medalist as part of Team USA's 4x100m relay at the 1984 Olympic Games, she also placed fourth in the 100 at those Games and was selected to be a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team that did not compete in Moscow.
"I'm lost for words and I'm truly blessed that USA Track & Field and others have enough confidence in me to nominate me for this position," said Bolden. "I truly appreciate all the hard work and dedication that an athlete puts in, and I'm committed to making their Olympic experience a positive and successful one."
In addition to her coaching career, Bolden is executive director and coordinator of the Jeanette Bolden Asthma and Allergy Track Clinic and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. She also serves on the board for Marathon Kids LA.
Bolden grew up in Compton, CA and attended Centennial High School.