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Ohio Mourns Loss of Hall of Famer Stan Huntsman

Nov. 28, 2016

The Ohio athletic department mourns the loss of former Ohio track & field coach Stan Huntsman who passed away at the age of 84 as reported by numerous outlets.

Huntsman, who coached outstanding college track and field teams for 39 years, led a dominant United States men’s team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and fought tirelessly against cuts in financial support for the sport, died on Wednesday in Austin, Tex. He was 84.

Huntsman coached at Ohio University (1957-70), Tennessee (1971-85) and Texas (1985-95). At Tennessee, his athletes won N.C.A.A. team championships in cross-country (1972) and outdoor track (1974) and 31 Southeastern Conference team titles, and he was named N.C.A.A. national coach of the year six times.

He was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2004. He coached 41 NCAA champions and four NCAA championship relay teams.

Huntsman was also an assistant U.S. Olympic coach at the 1976 and 1980 games.

Huntsman was inducted into the Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame in 1975 and during his 14 years at Ohio, he guided several Bobcat student-athletes to national prominence. He also led the 1964 Bobcat cross country squad to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, still the best mark by an Ohio varsity team in any sport.

During his tenure at Ohio, along with countless other student-athletes, Huntsman coached Les Carney who went on to win silver medals in the 1960 Olympic games.