RIP Wilbur Ross


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RIP Wilbur Ross

Postby tafnut » Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:03 pm

My personal hurdles hero-coach passed away (link on home page). He coached many generations of hurdle greats and when I was in HS, I sent away for his 'The Hurdler's Bible" (it's on my desk right now - 2nd Edition, 1969) and studied every page of it. Willie Daveneport (and later Rod Milburn and Skeets and AJ - for some reason not Foster or Kingdom - don't know why) was my Hurdle Hero and every day in practice I tried to do what he did. I even had his photo sequence poster.

This is a TREMENDOUS loss to the track world.
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Re: RIP Wilbur Ross

Postby cladthin » Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:19 pm

tafnut wrote:My personal hurdles hero-coach passed away (link on home page). He coached many generations of hurdle greats and when I was in HS, I sent away for his 'The Hurdler's Bible" (it's on my desk right now - 2nd Edition, 1969) and studied every page of it. Willie Daveneport (and later Rod Milburn and Skeets and AJ - for some reason not Foster or Kingdom - don't know why) was my Hurdle Hero and every day in practice I tried to do what he did. I even had his photo sequence poster.

This is a TREMENDOUS loss to the track world.


I agree, that is a huge loss to the track world. Former coach at what is now Winston Salem State where he coached two top hurdlers in Elias Gilbert and Fran Washington. He coached, to varying degrees, so many top hurdlers.
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Postby Bruce Kritzler » Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:29 pm

Think he also coached the Bud Light track club, Tampa (Tony Dees) for George Steinbrenner.
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Postby tafnut » Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:42 pm

I'm too chicken to list all the Greats he coached, directly or indirectly, because invariably I'd leave some off. Anyone have a good idea?
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Postby cladthin » Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:06 pm

From one of the back pages of the Hurdler's Bible 2:

Proteges Worked with over the years:( in whatever capacity-my edit)
Carl Lewis
Rodney Wilson
Kerry Bethel
Skeets
Wilie Gault
Roger Kingdon
Greg Foster
Jack Pierce
Albert Lane
Tony Dees
Alex Washington
Martin Booker
Brian Whitehead-hj
Jerome Carter-hj
Ronnie McCoy
Lee McCrae
Floyd Heard
Andre Phillips
Rodney Milburn
Tom Hill
Michael Morris
Larry Shipp
Andre Cason
Michael Johnson
Lorenzo Daniel
Arthur Blake
Mark McKoy
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Postby Walt Murphy » Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:41 pm

And then there's the Bobby Kersee connection and all of the athletes he's coached over the years. I got to know Wilbur during the 1980s and he sent reprints of some articles he had written about "The Critical Zone", the training concept that he conceived. He also sent a copy of a T&F News article on Bobby Kersee which stated that he used the CZ method which was taught to him by Wilbur.

Some people had a hard time dealing with Wilbur's candor on many topics, but I grew to like and respect him. And I never met a more passionate man, one who cared deeply about his sport and his athletes.
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Postby cladthin » Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:00 am

Walt Murphy wrote:And then there's the Bobby Kersee connection and all of the athletes he's coached over the years. I got to know Wilbur during the 1980s and he sent reprints of some articles he had written about "The Critical Zone", the training concept that he conceived. He also sent a copy of a T&F News article on Bobby Kersee which stated that he used the CZ method which was taught to him by Wilbur.

Some people had a hard time dealing with Wilbur's candor on many topics, but I grew to like and respect him. And I never met a more passionate man, one who cared deeply about his sport and his athletes.


I'd read the same thing(though elsewhere) regarding Bobby K. with regards to his training programs revolving around WR's Critical Zone concepts. Surprised there have not been more posts on this thread-I suppose many of the non-coaches here had not previously heard of him? Again, big loss for track.
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Postby TrackCEO » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:12 am

True story:

In 1970, as a sophomore at Valencia High School in Placentia, California, I chose "Modern High Hurdle Technique" as the subject of my first-ever term paper. It quoted articles from Fred Wilt and others.

But the prime source was "The Hurdler's Bible."

Many years later, I poked fun at the chapter in which Coach Ross quoted predictions of the ultimate hurdle times.

http://mb.trackandfieldnews.com/discuss ... redictions

But the ultimate hurdling text already existed. Wilbur wrote it.

We'll miss you, Coach. Thanks for the scriptures.

K E N
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Re: RIP Wilbur Ross

Postby ripudaman13 » Sun May 19, 2013 5:51 pm

Coach Ross worked with me during my high school days. What an honor. I have the Hurdlers Bible. I still refer to it. It inspires me to run faster even to this day on the masters circut....

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Re: RIP Wilbur Ross

Postby Marlow » Mon May 20, 2013 3:58 am

ripudaman13 wrote:Coach Ross worked with me during my high school days. What an honor. I have the Hurdlers Bible. I still refer to it. It inspires me to run faster even to this day on the masters circut....
Ty Brown

His Hurdlers Bible, which I'm looking at right now on my bookshelf, was my primary text in HS. His technical model is still THE technical model, though Merritt's arm-swim-move (which he shares with Richardson) is an interesting new wrinkle.
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Re: RIP Wilbur Ross

Postby Jackaloupe » Mon May 27, 2013 11:29 am

Finally getting to this one, as I actually competed against Wilbur Ross: Montclair, NJ, State AAU Decathlon, 1955, when I was 16 and he was already a "Master(s)", long prior to the adoption of the term. I do recall winning 100m (low 11s) and 400m (52.9) in the rain, 3rd overall; and while I don't recall Wilbur Ross's own events, farther back, he was plenty affable and encouraging, w/o playing Coach.

I recall how enthusiastic Elias Gilbert, of Linden HS, was to be heading down to Winston Salem; as was Russ Rodgers (sp?), 400mH specialist, about the only one omitted from that comprehensive list (maybe "Alex" Washington, was meant to be Fran).

Nice to recall Jack Pierce, in the mold of Willie Davenport (and Gault?), a bright star who flashed across our already jaded screens a decade (or so) ago.
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