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BOB SEVENE NAMED TEAM USA MONTEREY BAY COACH
SEASIDE, Calif. - (May 1, 2003) - Bob Sevene, a long-time and highly
respected coach of top U.S. distance runners, will assume the position of
Head Coach and Director of Athlete Development for Team USA Monterey Bay
the organization's officials announced today. The announcement was made
as organizers plan a July 15, 2003 opening for the Team USA Monterey Bay
Distance Running Training Center, located at California State University,
Monterey Bay (CSUMB) on California's beautiful and training-friendly
Sevene, 58, is perhaps best known as the coach who guided American
standout Joan Benoit to a gold medal in the first-ever women's Olympic
marathon in Los Angeles in 1984. The following year, Benoit set a U.S.
record of 2:21:21 at the Chicago Marathon, a mark that stood for nearly
A long-time New England resident, Sevene will give up the reins of the
Reebok Boston Race Club to relocate to Monterey where he will play a key
role in developing the Team USA Monterey Bay Center which will provide a
year-round home for the next generation of American distance running
"I'm excited and honored to take on the role of head coach for the new
training center in Monterey," said Sevene, who was selected from two
dozen candidates by a selection task force that included notable U.S.
distance coach Joe Vigil. "I made my final decision when I saw how much
the university is behind the program, and the opportunities to train
there. The beauty of the Monterey area goes without saying, but the
training venue, and the variety of training areas, are just unbelievable."
With the appointment of Sevene and a commitment to the development of
world class runners, Team USA Monterey Bay's directors have applied to be
an official training center of the Team USA Distance Running Program. The
national program, created by Running USA and USA Track & Field, is
dedicated to developing and promoting U.S. distance runners. There are
currently four Team USA Training Centers with over 35 athletes operating
in California (San Diego/Mammoth Lakes), Michigan, Minnesota and New
York. Since 2001, Team USA Distance Running athletes - led by Olympians
Deena Drossin and Meb Keflezighi - have set one world road record, seven
national records and numerous personal records and won World Championship
medals and 28 national titles.
"The agreement with Bob Sevene, and the proven reputation, skills and
enthusiasm that comes with him, will have a huge impact on our objective
to develop American athletes capable of excelling in international
competition," said Mark Winitz, Team USA Monterey Bay's President, who is
also an executive member of USA Track & Field's Men's Long Distance
Running Committee. "And, Sev will serve as a rallying point for new
grassroots running and youth mentoring programs in the Monterey-Salinas
area. He will add to the stature of a community whose reputation as a
running stronghold is already significant with events such as the Big Sur
Adds Sevene: "The sky is the limit what the Monterey Peninsula can do
with running. If they put in a new track at the CSUMB stadium, you could
have a national track championship there. You could have a national cross
country championship on the golf course and trails out there."
Sevene, a club coach since 1974, first rose to world prominence during
the early 1980s as the head coach for Nike's powerful Athletics West club
program. During a 12-year period with Nike, he worked with hundreds of
talented athletes. In 1984, 23 Athletics West athletes were on the U.S.
Olympic team. He has also served in head coach positions for the Greater
Boston Track Club, Boston Athletic Association, Boston University and
Bowdoin College. Sevene was the head coach for U.S. world cross country
teams in 1986, 1988 and in 1993 for the world junior team.
Besides Benoit, Sevene has coached U.S. Olympic distance runners Cathy
O'Brien (marathon, 1992) and Gwynn Coogan (10,000 meters, 1992). He has
guided 14 men and 7 women to spots on U.S. world cross country teams. His
athletes have held three world records and 11 American records on the
roads. Additional distance stars that have benefited from Sevene's
tutelage include Greg Meyer (the last American male to the win the Boston
Marathon, '83), Bruce Bickford, Steve Plascencia, Ken Martin, Doug Brown,
Gerard Donakowski, Nan Davis, Gabriele Andersen, Judi St. Hilare, Ellison
Goodall and many others. His current standouts include Kristin Chisum,
Blake Russell and Jen Toomey.
Coach Sevene will immediately start recruiting promising athletes for the
Center. He will move to the Monterey area in mid July, in time for the
official opening of the facility. Currently, he is coaching a group of
distance runners that will compete at the USA Outdoor Track & Field
Championships at Stanford University in June. Sevene will continue to
coach several of his current athletes through next year's Olympic Games.
He expects that these athletes will visit the Monterey area periodically
to train with the group at Team USA Monterey Bay.
Team USA Monterey Bay, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit
organization committed to developing, supporting, and promoting U.S.
distance running stars capable of winning medals in Olympic and World
Championship competition. We are also committed to creating role models
for the general community who will promote physical fitness and a
positive and productive lifestyle for people of all ages. We are a
Pacific Association/USATF member club. Visit us on the web at
Team USA Monterey Bay's primary partner is California State University,
Monterey Bay. Thanks to our major sponsors: Big Sur International
Marathon, MY BMW/MY Cars, Pebble Beach Company, Granite Construction,
Monterey Bay Half Marathon, Empire Runners, Reebok Aggies, Clear Channel
and Dugan Smith & Hutkin, LLP. Additionally, Reebok International has
committed apparel support to Team USA Monterey Bay, as needed.
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