Jan. 11, 2000
SEATTLE - Former 400-meter world record holder and 1968 Olympic gold medalist Lee Evans has joined the coaching staff at the University of Washington head track and field coach Orin Richburg announced on Tuesday.
At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Evans won the gold medal in the 400 meters with a time of 43.86. That record stood for 20 years until being eclipsed in 1988 when Butch Reynolds ran 43.29. Evans earned a second gold medal in 1968 as part of the United States' 4 x 400-meter relay team that clocked a time of 2:56.1 that also stood as a world record for 20 years.
He was the American 400-meter champion in 1966, 1969 and 1972.
Evans is a Fulbright Scholar who graduated from San Jose State in 1970. Upon graduation he served as the head cross country and assistant track coach at San Jose State from 1970-72.
Between 1975 and 1997 he directed the national track and field programs of Nigeria, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He toured and conducted clinics in numerous other countries during that time.
Evans was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1983 and was named a 100 Golden Olympian at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
"Lee Evans is a great addition to our coaching staff," remarked Richburg, himself a prominent figure nationally who will serve as head coach of the U.S. national men's team for the 2001 World Championships.
"Lee comes in with tremendous expertise in track and field based on his great athletic background," Richburg added. "He was a great competitor who understands what it takes to be successful. He's is also a great person who is very humble and willing to do what it takes to help our program be successful."
Evans will work primarily with the Husky sprinters and relay teams on both the men's and women's teams.
The Washington track and field team begins its indoor season this Saturday, sending athletes to meets at Penn State and Eastern Washington.