Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vol 4. No. 74 Ernie Bullard, R.I.P.

Ernie Bullard


July 30, 1937 - August 21, 2014 Arthur Ernest (Ernie) Bullard, 77¿Born in Safford, Arizona to Mildred Posey and Benjamin Maynard Bullard. He was our beloved father, grandfather, brother, friend, coach and author. Ernie attended USC on a track scholarship and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1959. He also received a master's degree from Arizona State. He went on to become the track coach at Orange Coast College, Mesa CC (Ariz.), San Jose State and ultimately, his alma mater, USC, where he achieved NCAA All American status as a pole vaulter. Highlights of his Mesa CC coaching career include national JUCO track and field team champions and JUCO Coach of the Year (1968). In his fourteen years as San Jose State's head coach his teams won seven conference titles and were second five times. His Spartan athletes won seven NCAA titles and two held world records. In his six years at USC his athletes set nine varsity and freshman, individual or relay records. Internationally respected, Bullard held clinics in India in 1988 and 1994. In 1975 he was selected head coach for the USA Junior team that met Russia's Junior team. He authored/co-authored four internationally acclaimed track and field books including Triple Jump Encyclopedia - the first American book on the event and then the most extensive American field event text.He retired in 1992, which enabled him to enjoy his four grandchildren of whom he was immensely proud. He had the opportunity to live in Berlin and Paris. Ernie loved anything French: the language, history, philosophy, music, food and wine.Ernie is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Louise, and his young son Marc who is buried in Paris.
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