Former 400-meter world record holder and 1968 Olympic gold medalist Lee Evans joined the Washington coaching staff in January of 2000.
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 survived for 20 years as a world record.
Evans was the American 400-meter champion in 1966, 1969 and 1972.
He is a Fulbright Scholar who graduated from San Jose State in 1970. Upon graduation Evans served as the head cross country and assistant track coach at San Jose State from 1970-72.
Between 1975 and 1997 Evans 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.
During his coaching career, Evans has trained athletes in 20 countries and has been the Olympic coach for four countries: Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Cameroon. He has coached six Olympic medalists, five from Africa and one from Saudi Arabia.
In 1977, Evans was the sprint coach for the All-African team at the first World Cup. He also earned coach of the year honors in Nigeria that year.
Over the years, the NCAA, San Fransico and San Jose Hall of Fames have added Evans to their ranks for his outstanding athletic achievements.
Most recently, 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.
He was recently featured in an HBO special, “Fists of Freedom,” about the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.
Evans will work primarily with the Husky sprinters and relay teams on both the men’s and women’s teams.