Stan Huntsman

Hall of Fame • Class of 2009

Stan Huntsman succeeded his good friend, Chuck Rohe as the University of Tennessee head Track and Field Coach in 1971. He also succeeded Connie Smith as head Cross Country Coach upon his arrival. He continued the close relationship that Chuck had established between the KTC and UT. After coaching Ohio University for fourteen years, Stan spent fifteen of his thirty-nine year coaching career as UT’s head coach. The last ten years of his career were spent as head coach at The University of Texas, in Austin, where he and his wife Sylvia still reside.

In a thirty-nine year career as a collegiate head coach, Stan Huntsman compiled 46 conference championships. He coached 41 NCAA individual champions and four national champion relay squads. All this after being drafted by the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals in the 20th round of the 1954 draft. Stan’s UT teams won a remarkable total of 32 SEC titles in Cross-Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track.

Stan coached Tennessee to the 1972 NCAA Cross-Country Championship and the 1974 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Stan earned NCAA Coach of the Year honors six times during his tenure with the Volunteers, with those honors coming in outdoor track (1974-76-83), indoor track (1981-82) and cross-country (1972).

Stan coached American record holder, NCAA Champion, three-time Olympian, and former KTC runner Doug Brown. Doug later succeeded Stan as UT’s head coach in 1986. He also coached David Patrick, NCAA and US champion, and 1992 Olympian and Tennessee State Athletic Hall of Fame member Darwin Bond.

At Texas, Huntsman won six Southwest Conference outdoor titles, three indoor titles and earned Southwest Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1993 and 1994. Also at Texas, Huntsman’s cross-country teams won SWC titles in 1991, ‘93, and ’94. Stan was named SWC Cross-Country Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993. Huntsman coached 112 All-Americans at Texas, and just a wild guess at the number of All-Americans Stan coached in his career may approach 200.

In addition to coaching national champion UT athletes, Stan brought national caliber track athletes to Knoxville who trained at UT and many of whom competed for the KTC. Athletes like Bill Schmidt won the US National Championship in the javelin in 1978 representing the Knoxville Track Club. Coached by Stan, Olympian Doug Brown, Pat Davey, and George Watts led a KTC Cross-Country team in 1977 to a second place finish at the AAU National Cross-Country Championships.

Stan’s international coaching career is remarkable, serving as: Men’s Head Coach of the 1988 Olympic Games; Head Coach for the US team at the 1983 World Championships and 1977 World Cup; and as assistant Men’s US Olympic team coach at the 1976 and 1980 Games. Stan also coached the USA National Team at the World Indoor Championships in 2003 at Birmingham, England.

Stan is in the USATF Track and Field Hall of Fame, class of 2004. He is in the NCAA Hall of Fame, and is being inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on February 20, 2009.