Thursday, February 16, 2006
Alabama head coach Harvey Glance is going international once again as he has been named an assistant coach of the United States World Junior Track team that will compete in Beijing, China from August 15-20.
The World Junior Track team consists of athletes who are 19 and under who will eventually compete for spots on the U.S. National team.
“This is an honor to be able to work with these kids as they are developing into world-class athletes,” Glance said. “This will give us an idea of what the Olympic team will look like down the road.”
Glance is no stranger to international competition as a coach or as an athlete. In his days as an athlete, he was a three-time Olympian and a world record holder in both the 100-meter and 100-yard dashes. As a coach, most recently he was with Team USA at the 2003 World Championships.
This will be Glance’s second trip to Beijing and he hopes to have as fond memories of the trip as he did with the first one.
“This will be my second trip to China,” Glance said. “My one visit was a great one. The last time I was there was in 1980. I won the 100-meter, set a new stadium record, anchored the 4x100m relay and was named the ‘Outstanding Performer of the Meet.’”
Glance will be coaching the sprints, hurdles and relays. The head coach of the staff is Stanford’s Robert Weir. The other assistant coaches are John McDonnell of Arkansas and LSU’s Boo Schexnayder.