Friday night Coach Clyde Hart was honored with a surprise dinner in his honor celebrating an incredible 50 years coaching track & field at Baylor University.
A Baylor grad, Hart returned to the Waco in 1963 to coach and never looked back, though he did step back a little 8 years ago to hand the reigns as head coach over to assistant and former athlete Todd Harbour. Hart continues as Director of Track and Field and coaches the 400m and 4×400 relay athletes.
Anyone who knows anything about the sport knows the dominance Coach Hart’s athletes in those two events — not only at the NCAA level, but on the world stage. His athletes include Olympic and World Champions such as Michael Johnson, Jeremy Wariner, and Sanya Richards-Ross.
While I certainly don’t know Coach Hart well, Coach Harbour introduced us several years ago and I was honored to spend some time chatting about track & field with him. It was obvious on that afternoon and every time I’ve seen him since that his reputation as being a great person as well as a great coach is certainly deserved.
For more on the event and Coach Hart’s continuing legacy at Baylor, read Jerry Hills great article.