Former Wildcat Dodds Named to Hall of Fame

MANHATTAN, Kan. Former Kansas State track and field coach DeLoss Dodds is one of 12 former collegiate coaches being inducted into the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony for the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame will take place at the organization’s national convention on Dec. 12 in San Antonio.


Joining Dodds in the Hall of Fame Class of 2006 are Al Carius (North Central), Bill Bergan (Iowa State), John Coughlan (Illinois State), Bob Groseclose (Northeast Louisiana), Tom Heinonen (Oregon), Don Hood Sr. (Abilene Christian), Ted McLaughlin (Southern Methodist University), Bill Moultrie (Howard), Jack Pyrah (Villanova), Deb Vercauteren (Wisconsin Oshkosh) and Gary Wieneke (Illinois).


In his 14 years (1963-76) as the men’s cross country and track and field coach at Kansas State, Dodds guided the Wildcats to the upper echelon of the Big Eight Conference. Dodds won Big Eight cross country titles in 1965, 1966, 1971 and 1975. His teams won Big Eight indoor track and field championships in 1974 and 1976.


Two of his athletes Ken Swenson (800) and Conrad Nightingale (steeplechase) competed in the Olympic Games.


Though he retired from coaching in 1976 at age 38, Dodds left a lasting mark on the sport. In addition to rejuvenating the Kansas State program, Dodds chaired the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee and was inducted into the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame.


Since becoming the men’s athletic director at Texas in 1981, Dodds has continued to stay involved in track and field. He was instrumental in restoring the Texas Relays to their previous luster. Dodds raised $25 million to build one of nation’s finest track and field facilities, the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium on the Texas campus.


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