New Track To Be Named Hutsell-Rosen

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn University Board of Trustees passed a resolution last Friday to re-name Auburn's new track and field facility Hutsell-Rosen Track, after the former legendary Auburn track and field coach Mel Rosen.

Rosen, who was the head coach 28 years at Auburn from 1964-91, will be honored with a dedication ceremony to be announced at a later date.

"I've been inducted into several Hall of Fames, but this is very special," said Rosen. "It's a great thrill to know that your name is always going to be on one of the athletic facilities at Auburn, a place I've been for over 50 years. It's quite an honor to be listed with coach Hutsell, who taught me so much when I was an assistant under him and later when he worked with me after his retirement."

Under Rosen's guidance, Auburn won four consecutive SEC indoor championships from 1977-80 and an outdoor conference title in 1979. The 1979 year perhaps was the its best year in school history as the Tigers not only won conference indoor and outdoor titles, but also placed fourth at the NCAA outdoor meet.

"Mel Rosen has dedicated a better part of his life to Auburn and Auburn student-athletes, not only as a coach, but as a mentor," said Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs. "Coach Rosen, like Coach Hutsell, is synonymous with Auburn Track and Field, so it is only fitting that their names be forever linked in Hutsell-Rosen Track."

Rosen began his career at Auburn in 1955 as the first assistant to track coach Wilber Hutsell. Rosen, who also served as an assistant professor in the physical education department, was placed in charge of Auburn's distance and relay teams and held that position until Hutsell retired following the 1963 season.

Rosen stepped down in 1991 to serve as the head coach of the 1992 United States Men's Olympic team in Barcelona, Spain, becoming the first Auburn coach ever to head an Olympic team in any sport. Rosen directed the United States to its best team showing 38 years as the Americans won 20 medals including eight gold medals and set five Olympic records, including three world records.

In his 28 years as Auburn's head coach, Rosen coached seven Olympic performers, 143 All-Americans, including eight NCAA champions and 63 Southeastern Conference indoor and outdoor champions. He is currently serving his 14th season as Auburn's Track Coach Emeritus.

Rosen earned several coach of the year distinctions including the 1978 SEC and NCAA Coach of the Year in both indoor and outdoor seasons, the 1980 NCAA Indoor Coach of the Year and 1985 SEC Indoor Coach of the Year.

Rosen was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1995, the U.S. Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

A 1950 graduate of the University of Iowa, Rosen coached at his alma mater as an assistant for three years while earning his master's degree and starting work on a doctorate. He served two years in the Army at Fort Benning, Ga., where he was the post track coach.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is married to the former Joan Kinstler of New York. They have two daughters, Laurie and Karen, and two grandchildren, Chelsea and Nathaniel.

Hutsell-Rosen Track, Auburn's new track and field facility, is located off of Lem Morrison Drive adjacent to the soccer complex. Hutsell-Rosen Track replaces the old Hutsell Track where Tiger teams had competed since 1970.

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