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The Robert Giegengack Award

The Robert Giegengack Award was established in 1982 in recognition of the late Yale track & field coach's half-century of "superior and outstanding contributions as an official, a coach, and an administrator in the sport and to the organization." It is awarded annually to a person "who excels in contributing to the excellence and high standards of the sport of Athletics." The Award is USA Track & Field's only accolade not limited to one of the sport's three disciplines (track & field, long distance running, and race walking), or to any one of the three principal areas of consideration (official, coach, or administrator).

2015 Allen Steinfeld
  In more than three decades of contributions to the sport, Steinfeld worked his way from a volunteer with the New York Road Runners to CEO, putting in tireless hours improving and growing the New York City Marathon into the world-class event it is today. A member of NYRR since 1963, Steinfeld was inducted into the NYRR Hall of Fame in 2014. Steinfeld served as race director for 12 New York City Marathons and instituted a chute system that allowed the club to record places and times for hundreds of runners finishing in packs. Steinfeld and his mentor Fred Lebow developed a technique for accurate measurement of road races around the world through the Association of International Marathons.
2014     Kim Haines
  Beloved youth track & field advocate and former USATF board member, Haines was inducted into the Montana Coaches Hall of Fame and Northern Montana College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in his lifetime. He was past President of the Montana Association, Chairman of Youth Multi-Events, Chairman of USATF Youth Athletics, Master Certified Track Official, and served many years on the Board of Directors. Haines was also a former Frank Sevigne Award recipient and a President’s Award winner. Spending 37 years as an educator and coach, Haines was also actively involved in the development and organization of track and field across Montana and the nation. Haines passed away in February 2013 at the age of 78 after a battle with cancer.
2013     John Chaplin
  2000 Olympic Team men’s head coach John Chaplin first made a name for himself as one of the country’s top coaches, but he was an athlete in the beginning of his career. A sprinter in the early 1960s, Chaplin set world indoor records in the 220 and 330-yard dashes. His legend began as the head coach at Washington State University from 1968-94, where among other athletes he coached Henry Rono and led the team to an NCAA Indoor title and four runner-up finishes. He was the 2000 Olympic Team men’s head coach and longtime – and now emeritus – chair of the men’s track & field committee. He has served as a referee on the college, high school and Olympic levels, making a name for himself at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Coach Chaplin is a member of the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame and a revered board member, referee and official.
2012     Bill Hickman
  Serving USATF for nearly 40 years, Hickman is a certified masters level official and officiated at the 1984 Olympic Games. Hickman was a track umpire at the 1987 Pan-American Games, a starter for the 1990 Goodwill Games, a Judge of the 1992 and 2008 USA Olympic Trials and Head Starter for the Seattle 1998 and Eugene 2004 National Junior Olympics. He was member of the IAAF Anti-Doping Commission from 1999 until 2003 and has been president of Pacific Northwest Track & Field and served as a member of the USATF Competition Committee and the Law and Legislation Committee.
2011 Gary Westerfield
  Westerfield has developed a coaching program for a middle school and high school in Long Island, N.Y., introducing athletes to track and field and race walking. Becoming a mentor for officials and judges surrounding the race walking community, Westerfield is a Masters level official with years of involvement at the NAIA track and field level.
Westerfield has been involved with the Long Island Association and worked earlier this year to help the New York Association become certified. He has been involved in race walk, men’s and women’s track and field, the youth committee, coaching education at USA Track & Field and has also been involved at the IAAF level in race walking, the Officials Committee and the Associations Committee.
2010 Dorothy Dawson
  Dawson was a delegate to USA Track & Field's Constitutional Convention in 1979. She currently serves on the National Youth Athletics Executive Committee, is Vice-Chair Administration/Treasurer, and is President of the USATF Illinois Association. A former USATF Youth Regional Committee Chair, Dawson received a USATF President's Award in 1998 for her more than three decades of distinguished service. She was also recently honored when the Annual Dorothy Dawson Invitational was held for the first time on February 7, 2009 at Proviso West HS in Hillside, Ill., which serves as a youth meet, and a USATF Indoor Open and Masters Regional Championships.
2009 Bob Larsen
  Larson, who retired in 1999 as head coach of the UCLA cross country program after 21 seasons and led the Bruins track and field program for 15 seasons, became a co-founder of the highly successful Team USA Running Group. Now known as the Mammoth Track Club, the Mammoth, Calif.-based elite team's goal has been to bring U.S. distance running performances back to the level of international success that was seen in the 1970s and 80s. Since beginning operations in March of 2001, the Mammoth Track Club has produced multiple national champions, set numerous records and has placed a number of its athletes on U.S. Olympic and world championship teams.
2008 Darlene Hickman
  Hickman has served the sport in countless ways over the course of more than 30 years. She has coached young athletes at her local school and has been an Olympic and Goodwill Games meet official. With a history of involvement with youth, race walk, women's track and field, long distance running, masters track and field, coaching education, athlete development and USATF Associations, she has worked in nearly every area of the sport.
2007 Dee Jensen
  A Vice President of USATF, Jensen serves on the USATF Board of Directors, Women's Track & Field Executive Committee and the National Track & Field Officials Committee. She has served on the Budget and Finance Committee, Championship Site Selection Committee, U.S. Women's Coaches Association Executive Committee and the National Championship Officials Selection Committee.
2006 Dr. David Martin
  long-time sports scientist and coach, who most recently worked closely with Deena Kastor, Meb Keflezghi, and their coaches in producing medal-winning marathon performance in Athens.
2005 Dr. Bert Lyle
  long-time sports' coach and scientist, credited by many athletes in the sprints and hurdles as providing "critical zone" information to enhance their athletic achievements.
2004 Brooks Johnson
  high performance chair from 2001-2004, and director of the high performance center at Chula Vista’s Olympic Training Center during the same period
2003 Howard Schmertz
  director of the Millrose Games for 28 years, and long-time TAC/USATF committee member
2002 Bill Roe
  long-time official, administrator, and coach, and longest-serving national officer (vice-president 1988-92, secretary 1992-96, vice-president 1996-2000, and president 2000-08)
2001 Charlie Ruter
  long-time official and administrator for USATF, and TAC vice-president, 1988-92
2000 Helio Rico
  long-time official, USATF Rules chair and member 1980-present, and former meet director of the Indoor Nationals
1999 Ed Koch
  USATF Law & Legislation chair, 1988-2000, chair of USATF restructuring, 1997-99, and USATF Treasurer, 2000-04
1998 George Kleeman
  president of USATF's Pacific Association and a long-time official
1997 Bob Hersh
  announcer, official, USATF Rules chair, 1988-2002, IAAF Technical Committee 1991-99, and IAAF Council Member, 1999-present
1996 Ed Temple
  long-time coach of the Tennessee State University Tigerbelles, and a member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame
1995 Harmon Brown, M.D.
  Sports Medicine & Science chair and USATF's IAAF Medical Committee member,1984-present
1994 Richard Hollander
  official and administrator long-time contributor as an official and administrator
1993 Mel Rosen
  Men's Track & Field chair, 1988-92, head men's coach for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, and member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame
1992 Horace Crow
  honored posthumously for his contributions as an official and administrator, notably as Membership chair from 1979 to his death
1991 Stan Wright
  Treasurer, 1988-92 Budget & Audit chair, 1980-88, and TAC Treasurer, 1988-92
1990 Larry Ellis
  Men's Track and Field chair, 1985-88, TAC/USA Executive Vice-President 1988-92, and later USATF President, 1992-96
1989 Nell Jackson
  honored posthumously for her contributions to the sport as an administrator and a coach, TAC Secretary 1984-88
1988 LeRoy Walker
  1976 US Olympic Coach, TAC/USA President, 1985-1988, and TAC delegate to the IAAF, Walker 1986-90, and member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame
1987 Patricia Rico
  Women's Track and Field chair, 1985-88, IAAF Women's Committee rep, 1980-1999, and later USATF President, 1996-2000
1986 Frank Greenberg
  Law & Legislation chair 1979-88 and later TAC/USA president 1988-92
1985 Evie Dennis
  Women's Track and Field chair, 1979-84, Acting President of TAC/USA, 1979-80, first female vice-president of the AAU, and long-time IAAF delegate
1984 Jimmy Carnes
  first full president of TAC/USA, 1980-84; long-time delegate to the USOC.
1983 Joseph Yancey
  long-time coach of the New York Pioneers


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