Olympic legend headed for Berlin

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: July 11, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS — USA Track and Field has announced Tennessee State University head coach Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice will serve as the women’s head coach for Team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships August 15-23 in Berlin, Germany.

Currently the head women’s and cross country coach at her alma mater Tennessee State University, National Track & Field Hall of Famer Cheeseborough-Guice broke onto the international track scene as a 16-year-old when she won two gold medals at the 1975 Pan American Games, taking the 200m in American-record time of 25.77 seconds.

A three-time Olympian under the tutelage of National Track & Field Hall of Fame coach and former Tigerbelle head coach Ed Temple, Cheeseborough-Guice won two gold medals (4×100 and 4×400 relays) at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, becoming the first woman ever to accomplish that double-relay feat, with both finals staged less than an hour apart.

She also won a silver medal in the 400 meters at the 1984 Games, and twice set the American record in the women’s 400 meters.

She was named Tennessee State’s men’s and women’s coach in 1999.

Internationally, Cheeseborough-Guice has served as an assistant coach at the 2008 Olympic Games (Beijing), the 2001 World Outdoor Championships and the 1999 Pan American Junior Championships.

The University of Alabama head coach Harvey Glance will serve as the men’s head coach for Team USA.