Monday, August 8, 2011

Dr. Ken Foreman, Seattle Pacific's legendary coach, named to USTFCCCA Hall of Fame...

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday the six inductees that will be enshrined in the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame later this year. From some of the early leaders and pioneers of the sport to those who have seen more recent success, the Hall of Fame Class of 2011 is uniquely qualified for induction.

The coaches represented in the Class of 2011 are Phil Esten (UW-La Crosse), Keene Fitzpatrick (Yale/Michigan/Princeton), Dr. Ken Foreman (Seattle Pacific), Craig Poole (BYU), LaVerne Sweat (Norfolk State/Hampton), and Bill Webb (Tennessee/Cal State Northridge).

Ken Foreman is considered by Seattle Pacific as the founding father of their athletics department and served three terms as the school’s track coach, the last of which stretched from 1985 to 2000. While with the Falcons for 37 years, he coached 159 All-American athletes and had 26 collegiate individual champions.

During his tenures at the track helm – 1950-57, 1965-78, and 1985-2000 – Foreman’s athletes made plenty of history. The man regarded as the patriarch of Falcon athletics had 13 of his women’s teams finish among the top ten in the country.

When he came to what was then Seattle Pacific College in 1949, Foreman’s duty was that of junior-varsity basketball coach. He did that for three years, and then moved up to head basketball coach and athletic director.

Foreman also founded the Falcon Track Club in 1955 and served as the squad’s coach until 1999. Foreman founded the SportsWest Track Club, which he directed from 1977-1998. Foreman’s Falcon TC squad captured the AAU cross country title in 1972, and he is well known for coaching USTFCCCA Hall of Famer Doris Brown Heritage who was a five-time World Cross Country champion in the late 60s and early 70s.

Olympians he coached included Kelly Blair-LaBounty, Lorna Griffin, Pam Spencer and Sherron Walker. Foreman-coached athletes won 14 AAU titles (outdoor, indoor, cross country) and one AIAW title. Foreman was named the U.S. women’s head coach for the 1980 Olympic Games, and served as the Team USA head coach at the 1983 World Outdoor Championships.

Foreman was inducted into the USA Track & Field hall of fame in 2009.

Now retired in Hawaii with wife Denise, Foreman, even still at his current age of 88, coaches high school track & field and cross country.

The 2011 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held December 14 at the USTFCCCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

NOTE: The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.  Above photo of Dr. Foreman courtesy Seattle Pacific University.

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