Chuck Rohe

Hall of Fame • Class of 2009

In 1962 a young Chuck Rohe approached Charlie Durham, of the newly formed KTC and announced that he was going to be named the new head coach at UT for track and cross-country. Before he even started his job, he had arranged a meeting with Charlie, Hal, Bob Neff and the KTC founders to discuss the future of the club in his office in Neyland Stadium. In fact, these meetings led to bi-weekly KTC meetings with Chuck Rohe. To quote Charlie Durham: “While the KTC was already formed, Chuck really was the motivation for expanding our program, through his leadership and fire.” Chuck Rohe was a partner with Charlie, Hal, Al Rovere and the founders in establishing all of the KTC programs at their beginnings: the KTC track and field team, the KTC cross-country team, the women’s program, the Vol Classic and the youth program.

While helping guide the KTC in its formative years, Chuck amassed 22 SEC titles in cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track in his nine year run at UT. In addition to his coaching duties, Rohe was named head football recruiter in 1965 by Doug Dickey, and those teams posted the nation’s best seven year record and appeared in seven consecutive bowl games. He was the architect of the nexus between track and football that helped the Vols succeed in both sports.

While KTC’s founders were involved as local track officials before Rohe arrived, Chuck helped organize and motivate the growth of the KTC officials organization. During his years, in the absence of professional track, track clubs were very important to the sport, and KTC featured some of the best track and field athletes in the country. Many were post-graduate athletes drawn to Knoxville by Chuck Rohe, who found them employment, scholarships, and assisted KTC in their coaching. Chuck always helped find the funds to get these KTC athletes to the major meets around the country.

Chuck Rohe was the United States Track & Field Coach of the Year in 1967 and served as a representative on the United States Olympic Committee from 1968-76.

Chuck is in the University of Southern Mississippi Athletics Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, and the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, and serves on the Board at the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Chuck, who was executive director of the Florida Citrus Bowl for 20 years continues as a consultant to the Florida Citrus Sports Association and also serves as the National Director of the Nike Football Coach of the Year Clinics.