Aggies hire former U.S. track coach for cross country program

Updated: June 19, 2007, 5:47 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Former U.S. Track & Field and University of Washington coach Orin Richburg was hired Tuesday to oversee the women's track and field and men's cross country programs at New Mexico State.

After 16 years coaching at Washington, Richburg was named head coach of the United States team at the 2001 world championships in Canada.

More recently, he was head relay coach for Team USA at the 2006 world junior championships in China. He also will serve as relay coach at this year's Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

"All events are important and we will not focus just on the sprinting events but the jumps, distance running and throws," Richburg said. "This will be a team effort."

Richburg also spent seven seasons as coach at Kent State, where he had been an All-America sprinter and played football.

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