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  • Bob Sevene named as coach for Team USA Monterey Bay

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Media Contact: Mark Winitz
    Tel: (650) 948-0618
    Fax: (650) 949-2172
    [email protected]


    BOB SEVENE NAMED TEAM USA MONTEREY BAY COACH

    SEASIDE, Calif. - (May 1, 2003) - Bob Sevene, a long-time and highly
    respected coach of top U.S. distance runners, will assume the position of
    Head Coach and Director of Athlete Development for Team USA Monterey Bay
    the organization's officials announced today. The announcement was made
    as organizers plan a July 15, 2003 opening for the Team USA Monterey Bay
    Distance Running Training Center, located at California State University,
    Monterey Bay (CSUMB) on California's beautiful and training-friendly
    Monterey Peninsula.

    Sevene, 58, is perhaps best known as the coach who guided American
    standout Joan Benoit to a gold medal in the first-ever women's Olympic
    marathon in Los Angeles in 1984. The following year, Benoit set a U.S.
    record of 2:21:21 at the Chicago Marathon, a mark that stood for nearly
    18 years.

    A long-time New England resident, Sevene will give up the reins of the
    Reebok Boston Race Club to relocate to Monterey where he will play a key
    role in developing the Team USA Monterey Bay Center which will provide a
    year-round home for the next generation of American distance running
    stars.

    "I'm excited and honored to take on the role of head coach for the new
    training center in Monterey," said Sevene, who was selected from two
    dozen candidates by a selection task force that included notable U.S.
    distance coach Joe Vigil. "I made my final decision when I saw how much
    the university is behind the program, and the opportunities to train
    there. The beauty of the Monterey area goes without saying, but the
    training venue, and the variety of training areas, are just unbelievable."

    With the appointment of Sevene and a commitment to the development of
    world class runners, Team USA Monterey Bay's directors have applied to be
    an official training center of the Team USA Distance Running Program. The
    national program, created by Running USA and USA Track & Field, is
    dedicated to developing and promoting U.S. distance runners. There are
    currently four Team USA Training Centers with over 35 athletes operating
    in California (San Diego/Mammoth Lakes), Michigan, Minnesota and New
    York. Since 2001, Team USA Distance Running athletes - led by Olympians
    Deena Drossin and Meb Keflezighi - have set one world road record, seven
    national records and numerous personal records and won World Championship
    medals and 28 national titles.

    "The agreement with Bob Sevene, and the proven reputation, skills and
    enthusiasm that comes with him, will have a huge impact on our objective
    to develop American athletes capable of excelling in international
    competition," said Mark Winitz, Team USA Monterey Bay's President, who is
    also an executive member of USA Track & Field's Men's Long Distance
    Running Committee. "And, Sev will serve as a rallying point for new
    grassroots running and youth mentoring programs in the Monterey-Salinas
    area. He will add to the stature of a community whose reputation as a
    running stronghold is already significant with events such as the Big Sur
    International Marathon."

    Adds Sevene: "The sky is the limit what the Monterey Peninsula can do
    with running. If they put in a new track at the CSUMB stadium, you could
    have a national track championship there. You could have a national cross
    country championship on the golf course and trails out there."

    Sevene, a club coach since 1974, first rose to world prominence during
    the early 1980s as the head coach for Nike's powerful Athletics West club
    program. During a 12-year period with Nike, he worked with hundreds of
    talented athletes. In 1984, 23 Athletics West athletes were on the U.S.
    Olympic team. He has also served in head coach positions for the Greater
    Boston Track Club, Boston Athletic Association, Boston University and
    Bowdoin College. Sevene was the head coach for U.S. world cross country
    teams in 1986, 1988 and in 1993 for the world junior team.

    Besides Benoit, Sevene has coached U.S. Olympic distance runners Cathy
    O'Brien (marathon, 1992) and Gwynn Coogan (10,000 meters, 1992). He has
    guided 14 men and 7 women to spots on U.S. world cross country teams. His
    athletes have held three world records and 11 American records on the
    roads. Additional distance stars that have benefited from Sevene's
    tutelage include Greg Meyer (the last American male to the win the Boston
    Marathon, '83), Bruce Bickford, Steve Plascencia, Ken Martin, Doug Brown,
    Gerard Donakowski, Nan Davis, Gabriele Andersen, Judi St. Hilare, Ellison
    Goodall and many others. His current standouts include Kristin Chisum,
    Blake Russell and Jen Toomey.

    Coach Sevene will immediately start recruiting promising athletes for the
    Center. He will move to the Monterey area in mid July, in time for the
    official opening of the facility. Currently, he is coaching a group of
    distance runners that will compete at the USA Outdoor Track & Field
    Championships at Stanford University in June. Sevene will continue to
    coach several of his current athletes through next year's Olympic Games.
    He expects that these athletes will visit the Monterey area periodically
    to train with the group at Team USA Monterey Bay.

    Team USA Monterey Bay, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit
    organization committed to developing, supporting, and promoting U.S.
    distance running stars capable of winning medals in Olympic and World
    Championship competition. We are also committed to creating role models
    for the general community who will promote physical fitness and a
    positive and productive lifestyle for people of all ages. We are a
    Pacific Association/USATF member club. Visit us on the web at
    csumb.edu/teamusa.

    Team USA Monterey Bay's primary partner is California State University,
    Monterey Bay. Thanks to our major sponsors: Big Sur International
    Marathon, MY BMW/MY Cars, Pebble Beach Company, Granite Construction,
    Monterey Bay Half Marathon, Empire Runners, Reebok Aggies, Clear Channel
    and Dugan Smith & Hutkin, LLP. Additionally, Reebok International has
    committed apparel support to Team USA Monterey Bay, as needed.

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