Bazil to Coach at 2001 World Indoor Track Championships



Jan. 26, 2000

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tulane track and field will be represented at the 2001 World Indoor Championships, as Green Wave head coach Ron Bazil was named an assistant coach by USA Track & Field.

Bazil, in his fifth year as head coach of the Tulane track and field and cross country programs, was selected by USA Track & Field to coach at the world championships to be held March 9-11, 2001 in Lisbon, Portugal.

"It is an honor to be associated with some of the nation's elite track and field athletes," said Bazil. "It's also a great opportunity to learn and share the latest training methods and put them into practice."

The appointment by USA Track & Field is the seventh international assignment for Bazil. His first major international assignment came in 1971 when he coached the U.S. team in a dual indoor meet against the Soviet Union. Since then, his accomplishments have multiplied.

He was an assistant coach when the United States met the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Pan Africa and Germany in 1975. In 1982, he coached a U.S. team that faced England, Australia and Sweden. In 1989 he was in Birmingham, England, heading up a U.S. effort against the Soviet Union, England and West Germany.

In 1991, he coached the U.S. men's team against Russia and Japan in Yokohama. Most recently, Bazil served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Bazil also served as the head coach at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1986 and 1991.

Since coming to Tulane in 1995, Bazil has elevated the Green Wave track and field program into one of the finest in the nation. His teams have won two Conference USA team championships, produced 10 All-Americans, 23 individual conference champions, and established 38 new school records. Bazil was named Coach of the Year four different times in 1998-99.