April 13, 1989
Louisiana State women's track Coach Loren Seagrave, was fired by head track Coach Pat Henry, who said it was in the best interests of the university to get rid of the man who won four national championships and was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year six times. The request for Seagrave's resignation apparently was triggered by a misinterpretation of an all-night counseling session Seagrave had with one of his athletes. Seagrave and Athletic Director Joe Dean met twice on April 4, and, Seagrave said, Dean asked for his resignation "first thing at the first meeting."
April 12, 1989 |
Head track Coach Pat Henry fired women's track Coach Loren Seagrave today, saying it was in the best interests of Louisiana State University to get rid of the man who won four national championships and was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year six times. "Loren has made tremendous contributions to the LSU track and field program," Henry said. "It was a difficult decision to make but it is in the best interests of our athletes." No explanation was given, but Seagrave was earlier asked to resign by Athletic Director Joe Dean.
August 23, 2009 |
Dwight Phillips hit bottom at the end of 2008. Injuries killed Phillips' chances to defend his 2004 Olympic title in the long jump. He had invested heavily in the real estate market, and it crashed. He allowed himself to get so out of shape that Loren Seagrave, the man who began to coach Phillips in 2009, told Track & Field News the jumper's problem was, "Fat don't fly." At 31, with two world titles and the Olympic gold, it was apparently over for Phillips as an athlete, maybe time to use his communications degree from Arizona State to help support his wife and 3-year-old son. "They had pretty much written my obituary, and the undertaker had taken out my organs," Phillips said.
August 24, 1990 |
With only one month remaining in his two-year suspension, Ben Johnson is working overtime to make up for lost time. The Canadian, penalized for testing positive for steroids after his first-place finish in the 100 meters at the 1988 Olympics, is undergoing a rigorous training course at York University in Toronto.
January 19, 1991 |
It's not time to panic, not just yet. But real soon, if Ben Johnson doesn't win a race, there are going to be questions that won't be so easily answered and explanations that won't so easily leap to mind. In his second race since serving a two-year drug suspension, the former world record-holder again finished second--this time losing to Andre Cason in the 50 meters before a crowd of 12,438 Friday night at the Sunkist Indoor Invitational.
April 16, 1989 |
With its five-year unbeaten streak in jeopardy, the UCLA men's track and field team couldn't have asked for a much better situation than to have a couple of ready and willing Olympians on the sidelines. But the sidelines is where Steve Lewis and Mike Marsh would have stayed Saturday had they waited for their coaches to call. Lewis, who is so impatient that he couldn't even wait until his 20th birthday to win two Olympic gold medals, acted. "I'm going to run," he told Marsh, sitting down on the track at Drake Stadium to change into his running shoes only minutes before the final event of the afternoon, the 1,600-meter relay, was to be held in a close dual meet against Louisiana State.