Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Saint Augustine's Athletic Director Named U.S. Olympic Men's Track Coach

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Saint Augustine's Athletic Director Named U.S. Olympic Men's Track Coach

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George "Pup" Williams said he is humbled and elated at reaching the pinnacle of his profession: U.S. Olympic men's track and field coach.

This summer, a 22-member committee of elite athletes and coaches from across the nation selected the Saint Augustine's College athletic director to be the men's track and field coach when the 2004 Olympic Games return to Athens, Greece.

"The talent and experience that George ... and the entire staff bring to the Olympic stage will be a huge advantage for our athletes," says Craig Masback, CEO of USA Track and Field Association. "We are pleased to have such an outstanding group of coaches and managers for the 2004 Olympic Team."

Approximately 40 others applied for the job. Williams said he thought it was a mistake when he first heard the news because there were so many heavy-hitters running for the position.

Williams, although modest, is one of those heavy-hitters himself. As an assistant Olympics coach in 1996, the U.S. men won gold medals in all seven track and field events in which they were entered. He is the recipient of more than 90 National Coach of the Year honors, and was head coach for men's track and field at the 1999 World Championships in Seville, Spain.

"It really means a lot to me that the elite athletes in this great country had enough confidence in me to lead one of the greatest programs in the world," Williams says.

Williams also has brought Saint Angustine's College, a historically Black institution, 24 national championships. …

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