Dedication Ceremony For Rosen on Saturday

Auburn, Ala.--Mel Rosen, who has coached Auburn University track and field athletes since the 1950s, will be honored on Saturday as AU's new track and field complex will be dedicated.

A ceremony will start at the new Hutsell-Rosen Track and Field complex at 2 p.m. as part of the Auburn Invitational, which will feature competition starting at noon that will run through Saturday night.

Teams competing in the invitational, which features running events that start at 3 p.m., include Alabama, Mississippi State, Army, Samford, Troy State, Birmingham Southern, South Alabama, Jacksonville State, Mercer, Tennessee State, Bevill State, Kennesaw State and Wallace State.

The east side of the new track is pictured.

Auburn University interim president Dr. Ed Richardson will speak at the ceremony along with athletic director Jay Jacobs, current head coach Ralph Spry and board of trustee member Byron Franklin.

Rosen worked as an assistant track coach under Wilbur Hutsell starting in 1955 before taking over as head coach in 1963. Rosen served in that capacity before retiring in 1992 to take the job as head track and field coach for the United States Olympic team, the most successful one in U.S. history.

"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.

The new track is located south of the varsity soccer field.

"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."

Rosen is shown arriving at the track that will bear his name as he prepares to help coach current members of the AU men's and women's track and field teams.

Just because Rosen is officially retired, doesn't mean he has quit coach. He serves as AU's track coach emeritus and Spry notes that Rosen's expertise and experience is a valuable asset to the Auburn program.

The pole vault pits are on the west side of the track.

Rosen was named the NCAA National Coach of the Year for both indoor and outdoor track in 1978. He was also named NCAA Indoor Coach of the Year in 1980. Rosen coached 143 All-Americans, 63 SEC individual champions and 10 Olympians in his 28 seasons as head coach of the Tigers.

Rosen is a member of the the National Track and Field Hall of Fame as is Hutsell.

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