Rovelto to Assist Team USA This Summer

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. In an announcement by USA Track and Field on Friday, Kansas State head coach Cliff Rovelto has been appointed as a men’s assistant coach for the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Osaka, Japan. Rovelto will oversee the jumps and combined events.


Rovelto is in his 15th season as the head coach at K-State and his 19th at the school overall. Since becoming the head coach, the Wildcat men's and women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field programs have earned 126 All-American certificates and 94 individual conference championships.


The Wildcat track mentor has overseen two Big 12 Conference outdoor women’s track titles and has earned the following personal honors during his time in Manhattan: the 2001 National Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA, five NCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors and in 2005 was given the United States Women’s Track and Field College Coaches Award for Service.    


His latest international assignment was as an assistant for Team USA at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships. He has been head coach of the U.S. decathlon team in dual meets with Germany in 1997 and 2003, and was named to the U.S. coaching staff for the 2002 World Cup and the 2003 World Outdoor Championships in Paris.


Rovelto will work under Team USA head coach and current head coach at Texas A&M, Pat Henry. Rounding out Henry’s staff for the championships are: Mike Holloway in the sprints/hurdles (head coach Florida), Ron Warhurst in the distance events (head coach Michigan) and Robert Weir in the throws (head coach Stanford).


The women’s team will be guided by University of Miami head coach Amy Deem. The women's staff assistant coaches are Rita Somerlot in the jumps/combined events, Juli Henner in the distance events (assistant coach George Mason), Danny Williams in the sprints/hurdles (assistant coach Cal Poly) and John Frazier in the throws (assistant coach Tennessee).


At the most recent World Outdoor Championships in 2005 in Helsinki, Finland, Team USA set an all-time record in winning 14 gold medals. Team USA also won eight silver medals and three bronze medals for 25 medals overall, equaling its second-best medal tally in World Outdoor Championships history (1993, Stuttgart), and finishing one shy of the all-time record of 26 at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo.


This weekend, the K-State track teams are competing at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Okla., and at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas.