Allice To Be Inducted Into The USTFCCCA Coaches Hall Of Fame
July 18, 2013
USC's recently retired Director of Track & Field Ron Allice will be inducted into the USTFCCCA (United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) Hall of Fame as a member of the six-man 2013 class it was announced today (July 18). Allice will be honored at the 2013 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday, Dec. 16 at the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Coaches are selected for their significant impact on the history of track and field at the collegiate, national and international levels through their coaching and the legacies of their student-athletes and will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame for their accomplishments. It didn't take the organization long to select Allice who just announced his retirement on June 8 after the 2013 NCAA Championships where he guided the USC men's team to a fifth-place finish.
During his 19-year reign as USC's Director of Track and Field Allice led the men's and women's programs to a combined 25 NCAA top 10 finishes, including the 2001 NCAA women's team title, as well as 32 individual NCAA titles. Complementing the 32 individual NCAA titles, Allice has produced 286 All-American first team selections, including 13 this year, and six conference championships. The program has also produced 18 of the 21 women's school records in the Olympic events and eight of the men's 21 records, not an easy task considering the glorious track and field history at USC.
Allice also excelled on preparing the athletes for international competition and careers in track and field and maintained, if not strengthened, USC's strong Olympic tradition. A USC student has represented the Trojans at the Olympics 54 times under Allice, winning 16 medals.
Among the many male track and field stars to come through his program are 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the hammer throw Balazs Kiss, who also set the NCAA Championship meet record, two-time Olympic 400m IH gold medalist Felix Sanchez and Bryshon Nellum, a 2012 silver medalist in the 4x400m.
Allice's women's teams featured powerhouse athletes who starred on the national and world stages, including such greats as Angela Williams, who won an unprecedented four NCAA 100m titles (1999-2002), national record-setting and four-time NCAA title-winning hurdler Virginia Powell (2005-06), Natasha Danvers, the 400 IH NCAA champion in 2000, NCAA 800-meter champion Brigita Langerholc (2001) and 2000 Olympic medalist sprinter Torri Edwards.
Started in 1995, the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame exists to recognize coaches who have brought great distinction to themselves, to their institutions and to the sports of cross country & track & field. Each of the honorees exemplifies the qualities of dedication to the sport, leadership and passion for their profession that serve as an inspiration to coaches everywhere in the sport. The rest of the 2013 coaches class to be inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame in December are Al Cantello, Dennis Craddock, Curtis Frye, Jim Hunt and Paul Olsen.