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Carl Lewis becomes full-time University of Houston track coach

Carl Lewis

U.S. Olympian Carl Lewis, waves to the participants at the TCS World 10K Bangalore 2014 run in Bangalore, India, Sunday, May 18, 2014. According to organizers, the event had eight races with total prize money of USD 170,000. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)


The new University of Houston sprints and jumps coach “brings a wealth of experience and international recognition” to the program, its head coach said.

No kidding.

Carl Lewis, the most decorated U.S. Olympic track and field athlete ever, is taking on a bigger role at his alma mater next season. Lewis, a volunteer coach last season, will become a full-time member of head coach Leroy Burrell‘s staff.

Burrell and Lewis were both part of the 1992 Olympic 4x100m relay winning team. That was one of Lewis’ nine Olympic gold medals and 10 medals total.

Lewis, 53, joins a staff that also includes three-time Bahamas Olympic sprint medalist Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie.

Burrell’s son, rising sophomore Cameron, was Houston’s fastest sprinter last season. He clocked a wind-aided 10.25 seconds in the 100m and 20.78 in the 200m.

Lewis’ personal bests were 9.86 and 19.75.

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