Lee Evans

Lee Evans, two-time Olympic gold medallist, Evans set a world record in the 400-meters at the 1968 games that stood for over 20 years. He was also a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that also set a world record on its way to winning the gold medal in Mexico City. He is currently head coach at Southern Alabama University.

Lee Evans is a Fulbright Scholar who graduated from San Jose State in 1970. Upon graduation, he served as head cross country and assistant track and field coach for the Spartans from 1970-72. Between 1975 and 1997, Evans directed the national track and field programs of Nigeria, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. During his coaching career, Evans has trained athletes in 20 countries and has been the Olympic coach for four countries (Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Qatar). He has coached four Olympic medallists (one silver and three bronze). He was chosen during the 2004 seaosn as one of the coaches to lead the United Stated team at the World Indoor Track & Field Championships.

In 1983, Evans was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame and in 1989, he became a member of the Olympic Hall of Fame. During 1993, Evans received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for his Humanitarian word in Africa and Asia. At the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Evans was named a 100 Golden Olympian. On Nov. 18, 2002, he was honored with the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) Athletic Excellence Award for his time as an athlete.

Source: University of South Alabama Athletics web site