Dec. 16, 1999
INDIANAPOLIS - The University of Washington's Orin Richburg has been appointed the head coach of the United States National Team for the 2001 World Championships, USA Track & Field's International Competition Committee announced.
Richburg will direct the U.S. men's track & field team for its participation in the IAAF World Outdoor Championship Meet during August of 2001 in Edmonton, Alberta.
In his 15th year at Washington, Richburg will continue to coach the Huskies along with his national team duties. He was named the head coach of track & field and cross country for both the UW men's and women's programs in July of 1997.
His 1998 Washington track & field team produced some of the finest athletes in school history. That team featured six All-Americans, including four-time honoree Aretha Hill who competed in the women's discus at the 1996 Olympic Games. Also on that outstanding 1998 Husky team was Ja'Warren Hooker who won the NCAA 55-meter indoor championship, the first national title by a Husky since 1988.
Prior to taking control of the entire program, Richburg served 12 seasons as head coach of the Washington women's track & field team. He converted the UW women into one of the finest dual-meet teams in the nation, producing nine consecutive top-10 finishes.
While the current national team assignment is the most prestigious in Richburg's career, it is not his first. He has already represented USA Track & Field in numerous capacities.
He served a head coaching stint for the 1997 World Indoor Championship Meet in Paris, France. Richburg worked on U.S. National Team coaching staffs at the 1989 Junior Pan American Games and in 1994 for a dual meet with Great Britain in Birmingham, England.
Richburg leads a coaching staff for the 2001 World Championships that includes assistant coaches Ron Allice (USC), Ken Bantum (St. John's), Ken Brauman (Sanford, Fla.) and Kelly Sullivan (Salem, Ore.).