Ed Koch, Larry Ellis and USATF New Jersey Honored with National Awards Los Angeles, CA - December 5, 1999 - National honors were recently bestowed upon a current member and a late member of USATF New Jersey as well as upon the Association itself.
At various awards ceremonies, during the course of the recently completed USATF National Meeting in Los Angeles, Ed Koch, Larry Ellis
and USATF New Jersey
were presented with awards of recognition for their outstanding commitment to the sport of track & field
Koch went onto say " During my competive career at the University or Penn and than later in my roles with USATF I have been fortunate to be exposed to three great coaches all of whom came from the IVY Leage: Bob Giegengack (at Yale) , Jim Tuppeny (my own coach at Penn and former Penn Relays Director), and Larry Ellis . The common thread among these three coaches was that they cared about all of the sport not just part of it.
As one example, that while Larry was busy as an Olympic coach, he still found time to serve as a trustee of the NJ Association.
I urge everybody to follow their example and seek to build the whole sport: elite and grassroots, and all the disciplines because if any one discipline struggles, the whole sport suffers.
If in some small way I could carry on the legacy of these three great men, I will be grateful."
At the Jesse Owens Award Banquet, the late Larry Ellis
was officially inducted into the USATF Hall of Fame
Ellis' son Larry Ellis Jr.
, made the acceptance speech.
On Saturday afternoon, Ellis
was also inducted into the National Coaches Association
Hall of Fame.
Ellis' widow, Shirely, made the acceptance speech at this ceremony.
acceptance speech she
read a letter written by her
grandson in which he
grandfather for being a great role model, a great person and a great grandfather.
Selected in recent balloting were former world records holders Willie Banks of Carlsbad, Calif., Charles Moore of Washington, D.C., marathon great Bill Rodgers of Sherborn, Mass., and the late Larry Ellis, a former president of USA Track & Field who was also the 1984 Olympic men's head coach.
Ellis was head coach at Princeton University for 22 years and was regarded as one of the top inspirational coaches in the profession.
Besides coaching in the Olympics, Ellis
also was the 1998 USA World Cup coach.
"The blend of an Olympic great such as Charlie Moore with the recent stars such as Willie Banks and Bill Rodgers along with the inspirational leadership of Larry Ellis
further adds to the distinction of the Hall.
was an inspiration to me as my college coach and Willie Banks and Bill Rodgers were my contemporaries.
"Our congratulations go to Willie, Larry
, Charlie and Bill for attaining this exceptional honor."
: Born Sept. 29, 1929, Englewood, N.J. Died Nov. 4, 1998, Skillman, N.J.
An inspirational coach for 13 years at Jamaica (N.Y.) High School, Ellis moved to Princeton University in 1970 where he was head coach for 22 years.
Among the star athletes he
coached were Bob Beamon, former world record holder in the long jump, and USATF Chief Executive Officer Craig Masback.
won 11 Heptagonal
team titles in track plus another eight in cross country.
Ellis was also men's head coach of the 1984 Olympic team and most recently the 1998 World Cup team.
He served USATF in many capacities and was the organization's president from 1992 to 1996.
An outstanding middle distance runner at New York University
was third in the 1951 NCAA 880 yard run and in 1950 he
won the Canadian indoor 1,000-yards title.