Thomas Coyne, a Brief Biography
Attended then Western Michigan College from 1951-55 first running for Coach Clayton Maus and then for George Dales when he arrived to begin his long and illustrious career.
Returned to Western Michigan University in 1962 and retired in 1992 after having served as Alumni Relations Director, Assistant to the President and, for the last twenty years, as Vice President for Student Services.
I've been a club runner all my life and, like many, have gotten more out of the sport than I have given back. I do, however, take pride in the fact that in the beginning days of the Road Runners Club of America I served as Editor (a volunteer like all the other folks) of the club's quarterly newsletter, Footnotes, from 1967 to 1978. I was also one of the founders of the Mall City Pacers which has evolved into the Kalamazoo Area Runners, the largest running club in Michigan.
Most of all, I have had a lot of fun and met a great many very fine people while participating in what is surely the oldest of all sports.
Here is the article I mentioned to you.
I wrote the vast bulk of it back in 1981 but, partly because I should have included the Shorter/Cusack bit then and partly because you say your readers look for familiar names, I have added that story.
I double checked 1972's AAU National Cross Country Championship to be sure my memory was correct. I'm really pleased to say I had remembered it even better than I realized.
If this would be useful to you, go ahead and use it.
|Lou White finishing 3rd at Boston in 1949|
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|Stagg Field 1963 Jim Beatty pulls away from|
Cary Wiesiger and Witold Baran in the USA Poland Dual Meet
Ralph `Mal` Mailliard, Ex-coach At St. Ignatius
St. Ignatius` track facilities have been named in his honor. For many years, he had to take his teams 12 miles each day to a field where they could practice. Nevertheless, he developed some of the top high school track teams and runners in the country, including world record miler Tom O`Hara. His track team won 20 straight Catholic League championships.
His 1945 football team that battled
Mr. Mailliard starred at
He earned a doctorate in history at
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a son, Dennis; and three grandchildren.
Mass for Mr. Mailliard will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John`s Chapel of Creighton University.