Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Former Husky head coach Orin Richburg to assist USA World Championship team staff in Berlin...

LAS CRUCES, N.M—New Mexico State’s head cross country/track and field coach Orin Richburg is heading back to the international stage to continue coaching the USA men’s and women’s relay teams as they compete in the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany, Aug. 15-23.

Last summer, Richburg, the former head track & field coach at the University of Washington, took the reigns as a relay coach for the USA track and field Olympic team in Beijing, China. He was appointed to this position by a group of his peers and has been a member of the Olympic coaching circuit for several years.

“Being nominated by a group of my peers is very gratifying and I am proud that I get to represent my country,” Richburg said.

Events of the championships are set to begin August 15, but Richburg’s athletes are not set to compete until August 21, starting with the men’s 4x100 meters relay.

Richburg was also the head relay coach for Team USA at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China and served as a relay coach for Team USA at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During his career, Richburg was the sprint coach for Team USA at the 2001 world championships team in Edmonton and the 2004 Olympic team in Athens, and was the head coach of the world championship team in Paris.

NOTE: The sports information office of New Mexico State University contributed to this report.

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