WACO, Texas (BP)--Baylor University surprised longtime track and field coach Clyde Hart with a Jan. 4 dinner celebrating his 50th anniversarywith a Jan. 4 dinner celebrating his 50th anniversary at the school.
"He coaches as hard as he's ever coached," said former pupil and current Baylor head coach Todd Harbour. "I don't think he's ever slowed down."
Hart has served as director of track and field at Baylor since stepping down as track and field coach eight years ago.
During his tenure at Baylor, Hart has trained athletes that have won an Olympic gold medal in six straight Olympics. He trained Olympic gold medalists Michael Johnson, Jeremy Wariner and Sanya Richards-Ross.
"I chose to come to Baylor because of Coach, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made," Johnson said in a prepared statement read by 14-time All-American Deon Minor. "Proof of that is the fact that I only had one coach my entire career. I can't even imagine being coached by anyone else. . . . At different times, he has been like a father, a best friend and a role model."
Wariner, who still trains under Hart, also sent a message that was read at Friday's dinner:
"I never thought when I got to Baylor that I would be where I am today with my career," he said. "We are just getting started. Not only have you been an amazing coach, but you have been a great friend and mentor. Thank you for being the greatest coach that anyone could ever ask for."
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