Dec. 20, 2001
MOBILE, Ala. - Husky assistant coach and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lee Evans today was named head coach of track and field at South Alabama University. Evans has mentored Washington's sprinters and relay teams for the past two seasons.
During his 21-year coaching career, Evans has trained athletes in 20 countries, and has coached the Olympic teams of Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Cameroon. He has coached six Olympic medalists, and was the sprint coach for the All-African team at the first Word, Cup in 1977, earning coach of the year honors in Nigeria.
Evans won the gold medal in the 400-meter dash at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City in a world-record 43.86 seconds, a mark that stood for 20 years. He also teamed for a second gold medal - and another world record - in the 4x400-meter relay at the 1968 Games.
The three-time 400-meter American champion was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1983, and was named one of 100 "Golden Olympians" at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Evans earned his bachelor's degree from San Jose State in 1970, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He began his coaching career as the Spartans' head cross-country coach from 1970-72.