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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Former KU track coach Bob Timmons to be inducted into USA Track and Field Hall of Fame

Former Kansas University track and cross country coach Bob Timmons, left, enjoys a few moments of conversation with Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., during a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Luncheon in this 2001 file photo. Timmons will be inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Former Kansas University track and cross country coach Bob Timmons, left, enjoys a few moments of conversation with Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., during a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Luncheon in this 2001 file photo. Timmons will be inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame.

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Former Kansas University track coach Bob Timmons has been selected for induction into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday.

Joining Timmons in the class of 2011 are Kansas City native Maurice Green, Gail Devers, Vince Matthews, Clarence Demar and Craig Virgin. The six will be inducted into the Hall on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Jesse Owens Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in conjunction with 2011 USATF Annual Meeting in St. Louis.

Timmons, 87, coached at KU from 1965-1988 and led the Jayhawks to 27 league titles as well as four national championships.

“This is an outstanding honor for an outstanding coach,” said current KU head coach Stanley Redwine. “Coach Timmons helped lay the foundation of the program here at Kansas and he deserves the highest praises for everything he has done for American track and field."

Timmons coached seven Olympians, 16 world record holders, 77 NCAA All-Americans and 24 NCAA champions. Under Timmons’ tutelage, Jim Ryun, in his junior season at Wichita East, became the first high school runner to break four-minutes in the mile.

Timmons' coaching career at Kansas spanned 22 seasons and included four NCAA championships, 13 Big 8 indoor conference titles, 14 outdoor conference titles and four cross country conference titles. At the high school level, Timmons won 17 state titles in swimming, cross country and track and field.

Timmons is also a member of the KU Hall of Fame, the Drake Relays Hall of Fame, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, the Kansas High School Activities Hall of Fame and the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame.

KU now features 11 former Jayhawks in the USATF Hall of Fame, the most of any Division I program. Timmons joins former KU coaching legends Bill Easton and Karl Schlademan as well as Jim Ryun, Billy Mills, Al Oerter, Wes Santee, and several other Jayhawks to have their names enshrined in Washington Heights, N.Y.

Comments

kureader 2 years, 9 months ago

Well deserved recognition ... perhaps 20 years late.

Coach Timmons' record of achievement is as remarkable as that of any KU coach in any sport.

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jayhawkeresu 2 years, 9 months ago

Well deserved! And personally, I have many fond memories competing and camping at Rim Rock Farm! Just wish I would have been good enough to run for you coach!

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Stan Unruh 2 years, 9 months ago

It's about time. His amazing accomplishments need to be recognized and remembered!

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drrobjay 2 years, 9 months ago

Congratulations coach, well deserved!

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thebigspoon 2 years, 9 months ago

Long time overdue. Glad he is still around to enjoy it.

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Jeffery Stadler 2 years, 9 months ago

And a very nice gentleman. Congrats coach this honor was way overdue.

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blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 9 months ago

A Jayhawks' Jayhawk. Rim Rock, among many other contributions, are his legacy. Congrats Coach. You are truly one of the Greats!

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Ross Cargo 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks to Coach Timmons for all your contributions to Kansas University. I don't know what took them so long, but they finally got it right.

Go celebrate.

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kutrack2851 2 years, 9 months ago

Congrats Timmie!! This is a long overdue honor for one of Kansas' finest coaches.

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friedy 2 years, 9 months ago

I was one of his athletes. One of the greatest coaches ever and a greater man than he was a coach. Not a month goes by without my telling somebody, somewhere a "Timmy" story. Love the man.

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Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 9 months ago

our outstanding track legacy was really entrenched under his leadership. it's too bad we have had such sporadic results since he left....although under Redwine we have a few national top 10 finishes....but we haven't sniffed a league title since Bob left.

congrats Mr. Timmons!

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Woody Cragg 2 years, 9 months ago

Long, long overdue recognition for an outstanding & dedicated competitor. My family salutes you Mr. Timmons & my dad would be proud, as we all are.

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