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Clyde Littlefield

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Inducted: 1981, coach

Born: October 6, 1892 - Eldred, Pennsylvania
Deceased: May 20, 1981

The head track coach at the University of Texas in Austin for 41 years, Clyde Littlefield was on the 1952 Olympic coaching staff and during his long tenure in Austin developed some of the top sprint relay teams in the world. As a student at the University of Texas, Littlefield was an outstanding athlete, achieving all-conference honors in football, basketball and track and earning four letters in each sport. After four years of coaching at Greenville Hill School in Texas, he returned to his Alma Mater in 1920 as head track coach, freshman football coach, freshman basketball coach and physical training instructor. As the Longhorns' track coach until his retirement in 1961, he produced 25 Southwest Conference team titles, 12 national collegiate individual champions and three Olympians. His relay teams set world records in the 4x100 and 4x200-yard relays and posted world bests in the sprint and distance medley relays. Littlefield was cofounder in 1925 of the Texas Relays. He also served as the Longhorns' head football coach for six years, winning two conference titles. Littlefield was a long-time member of the NCAA track and field rules committee and president of the NCAA Track Coaches Association.

high school: South Park (Beaumont, Texas), 1909
undergraduate: Texas (Austin, Texas), 1916


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