July 6, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men's head track and field coach Harvey Glance will serve as the men's head coach for Team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany, USA Track & Field announced Monday.
Glance and the Team USA staff will guide the World's #1 Track & Field Team at the World Championships, Aug. 15-23 in Berlin.
"This is certainly a great honor for me to be head coach for these World Championships after coming off being an assistant coach for the Olympic Games just last year," head coach Harvey Glance said. "Being a head coach in the second biggest meet next to the Olympics speaks volumes about what my peers and administrators feel about me. It makes me feel good to know that I still have a good name out there. I pride myself on representing the University of Alabama and myself in the most positive ways possible. The beauty of going back to Berlin is that I'll be able to visit the venue of the 1936 Olympics where my idol, Jesse Owens, won four gold medals and what he stood for and brought to the sport. It will be good for our team to go back and compete in that outstanding venue."
In Glance's 11 seasons at the Capstone, he has coached 75 All-Americans, including 15 in the 2002 season. He has also coached 41 SEC Champions, athletes who have produced 24 Alabama school records, and eight NCAA Champions.
Glance was the men's head coach at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. He also was the sprints/hurdles coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games, the 2003 World Outdoor Championships in Paris and 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing.
"I feel honored to be working with the type of caliber athletes this summer," Glance said. "I feel we'll do well and I'm in hopes that we'll win many medals. It certainly should be another outstanding anticipation of Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt because of the Olympics last year. We have a strong team, 75-80 percent is returning from the Olympic Games."
A highly accomplished sprinter, Glance was a 16-time All-American, three-time Olympic Team qualifier, and at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal he finished fourth in the 100 meters and ran the opening leg on the gold medal winning U.S. 4x100m relay team. At the 1979 Pan American Games, Glance was second in the 100 meters and won the gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4x100m relay team. Glance qualified for the 1980 Olympic Games, but did not compete due to the U.S. boycott. As a member of U.S. relay teams, Glance went on to win gold medals at the 1985 IAAF World Cup, 1987 Pan American Games and 1987 World Outdoor Championships.