UCLA track and field coach Avery Anderson announces retirement – Orange County Register

UCLA Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Avery Anderson announced his retirement from coaching Wednesday, according to a statement from UCLA Athletics.

“I love this university, and I’ve been honored to lead these talented young men and women here in Westwood,” Anderson said in the statement. “I have been extremely blessed to have this chapter in my life, but I’ve chosen to retire from coaching.

“I’ve poured my heart and soul into UCLA’s track and field and cross country programs, and I would sincerely like to thank all of our hard-working student-athletes for their trust in me. I’ll always be a Bruin, and I’m forever grateful for my time here.”

Anderson, a UCLA alumnus, took over as Director of Track and Field in 2017 and has since led the Bruins to five men’s Pac-12 individual titles and seven women’s Pac-12 event titles. He was named the conference’s men’s track and field coach of the year in 2019.

He showed compassion and openness when he penned an open letter to his team in 2020 in the wake of America’s struggle with racial injustice.

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