Aug. 14, 2002
Former Husky All-American Greg Metcalf has been named head coach of track and field and cross country, Director of Athletics Barbara Hedges announced Tuesday.
Metcalf becomes just the fifth different head track coach since Clarence "Hec" Edmundson took the helm in 1919. He replaces longtime head coach Orin Richburg, who left the University in June to pursue other interests.
Washington is the second head coaching position for Metcalf, who worked one season as the head cross-country and assistant track coach at Auburn in 1996-97, before joining Richburg as an assistant at his alma mater in the fall of 1997. While at Auburn, Metcalf?fs athletes earned four All-America honors and seven NCAA Championships berths.
"Greg Metcalf will bring a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and energy to the Washington track program. In his prior capacity here as an assistant, he has proven to be a tireless worker, an effective recruiter," Hedges said. "As an undergraduate, Greg was an All-American runner, so he certainly knows firsthand the commitment it takes to excel. That is what he wants with this program. You could not ask for someone with more passion about Husky track, and he?fs the perfect person to head up our program."
In five seasons directing Washington?fs distance runners, Metcalf has led the women?fs cross-country team to five consecutive NCAA Championships appearances, including an all-time best ninth placing in 1998. On the track, he has coached five Pac-10 champions, eight All-Americans and 10 school-record holders.
"After eight years with Husky track and field program as both an athlete and an assistant coach, I am extremely excited to lead Washington in the role of head coach," Metcalf said. "I have been a Husky fan as long as I can remember. I strongly believe in this University, our athletic administration and my athletes."
A 1993 graduate of Washington with a degree in geography, Metcalf earned All-American honors with a sixth-place finish at the 1993 NCAA Championships, and was the 10th overall finisher in the event at the NCAAs in 1992. A finalist in the steeple at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, Metcalf boasts a best collegiate mark of 8:41.17 in the event that is fourth-fastest all-time at Washington.
A native of Ephrata, Wash., Metcalf was the 1987 Washington Class A state cross-country champion, and captured the state title in the 1,600 meters in 1988.