Jan. 7, 2014
WYLIE, Texas - Head coach Leroy Burrell is one of the seven inductees to be honored at the 5th Annual Texas Track & Field Coaches Association (TTFCA) Hall of Fame ceremony Friday, Jan. 10.
The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza-Addison in Addison, Texas, and honor some Texas track and field greats including Chester Bradley, Jon Drummond, Carlette Guidry, Fred Newhouse, Sammy Walker and Randy Yarbrough.
Coach Burrell joins his former coach and mentor Tom Tellez among the Houston standouts to be honored by the TTFCA.
Burrell enters his 16th season as head coach at the University of Houston. A former world record holder in the 100 meters and a former student-athlete, Burrell is one of the nation's premier coaches.
In over a decade of Burrell's leadership, Houston has added 64 NCAA All-Americans and a combined 27 Conference USA Team Championships to the record books. He has been named C-USA Coach of the Year 23 times. He has also coached two Olympians and three NCAA National Champions. In recognition of his outstanding career as a world-class sprinter and collegiate coach, Burrell was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Last season, Burrell tutored Errol Nolan to a 2013 NCAA Indoor Championship in the 400-meter dash. Nolan was the C-USA Track Athlete of the Year for the indoor season. Burrell also had 13 individuals win conference championships and the men's team took home the 2013 C-USA Indoor Conference Championship.
As a former athlete, Burrell was crowned the Southwest Conference champion four times and is a 10-time NCAA All-American. In the early 1990s, Burrell continued his athletic career becoming the world's fastest man in 1991 beating Cougar great Carl Lewis' 100-meter dash record.
In 1992, Burrell earned a spot on the United States Olympic team and helped the team win a gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay.
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