Rosen's Name Going On AU's New Track

Auburn, Ala.--Mel Rosen, who has been track and field coach emeritus at Auburn for the past 14 years, will have his name added to the university's new track and field complex.

Rosen, who was head coach of the Tigers from 1964-1991, will be honored at a ceremony later this year dedicating the new facility as the Hutsell-Rosen Track.

The Auburn men's and women's teams are already training at the new facility, which replaces the Wilbur Hutsell Track that has been used since 1970.

Rosen, who began coaching at Auburn in 1955 as an assistant to Wilbur Hutsell, spent 28 seasons as head coach. He is also well known to thousands of former Auburn students he taught in physical education classes at AU.

"I've been inducted into several hall of fames, but this is very special," Rosen said. "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 have been for over 50 years.

"It is 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," Rosen added.

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. He has served as the head coach of the United States Olympic team and has coached a variety of international teams. Rosen was named NCAA Coach of the Year three times.

"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," Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said. "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 retired at AU in 1991 to concentrate on duties with the U.S. team for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He became the first Auburn coach to be put in charge of a U.S. Olympic team. That U.S. team had its most successful performance in 38 years as the Americans won eight gold medals, set five Olympic records, set three world records and won 20 medals.

At Auburn, Rosen's Tigers won four straight SEC indoor titles from 1977-1980. Perhaps his top team, the 1979 squad, won the SEC outdoor title and finished fourth at the NCAA outdoor met.

In his 28 years as head coach, Rosen coached seven Olympians, 143 All-Americans, including eight NCAA champions and 63 SEC champions.

A 1950 graduate of the University of Iowa, Rosen coached at Iowa 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.

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