Legendary Texas track and field coach Stan Huntsman passed away in Austin on Wednesday, the University announced Thursday.
The Track and Field Hall of Fame member coached the Longhorns from 1985-95 and ended his career at Texas where he won 11 Southwest Conference titles. He led the Longhorns to some of their best finishes in history.
“It’s a sad time with the passing of our friend and legendary track & field coach Stan Huntsman,” said former Texas Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds. “He was such a competitor that brought the best out of our student-athletes and built Longhorn Track & Field into a perennial conference champion and national contender. More importantly he was as wonderful of a man as he was a coach. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Sylvia and his family. He will be missed.”
Huntsman coached at Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. All told he coached 39 years and won 46 conference championships.
At Tennessee Huntsman led the Vols to two NCAA championships. He guided them to a cross country championship in 1972 followed by an outdoor track and field title in 1974.
While at Texas Huntsman had 11 NCAA champions under his guidance. Overall he coached 41 NCAA champions and four NCAA champion relay teams.
Huntsman led Team USA in 1988 at the Seoul Olympic Games in Korea and served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic team in 1976 and 1980.
Huntsman helped Texas win the 1986 Southwest Conference championship in his first year, ending four years of Arkansas dominance.
The men’s team finished in the top five at the NCAA outdoor championships five times. Of the 11 conference championships Huntsman won, six were outdoor championships, three were indoor and two were cross country.
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