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Ted Haydon

Inducted: 1975, coach

Born: March 29, 1912 - Saskatoon, CA
Deceased: May 3, 1985

A track captain at the University of Chicago in 1933, Edward "Ted" Haydon returned to his alma mater 14 years later and went on to develop one of the top club programs in the nation. A social worker in his early post-graduate years, Haydon became a volunteer coach at the University of Chicago in 1947 and moved up to head coach three years later. He later formed the University of Chicago Track Club, which became a national force. Haydon's coaching style was noted for its informality but he helped develop post-college athletes who otherwise would not have had a chance to compete. One of Haydon's most famous pupils was Hall of Famer Rick Wohlhuter, former world record holder in the 800 meters and an Olympic bronze medalist in 1972. Other UCTC standouts were shot putter Brian Oldfield, pole vaulter Jan Johnson and hammer thrower Jud Logan. A UCTC two-mile relay team also once held the world record. Haydon coached and managed several international teams, including the U.S. squad in its 1975 dual meet with the USSR, and he served as an assistant coach at the Olympic and Pan-American Games.

undergraduate: Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)


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