CANTON Longtime Malone University cross country head coach Jack Hazen has been elected to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Coaches Hall of Fame.
It’s the latest in a long line of honors for Hazen, who has led the Malone men’s cross country program for the past 50 years and also served as women’s cross country coach for 26 years. During his tenure, the Pioneers have captured a total of four NAIA men’s cross country national titles (1972, 2007, 2008, 2009) and one women’s national championship (1999).
“I am very honored and extremely humbled to learn of my selection into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame,” Hazen said as he prepares to begin his 51st year at the helm of the Malone cross country program this fall. “This hall represents many of my friends, mentors and legends of our sport. I am thrilled to join this distinguished group.”
The USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame was started in 1995 and is designed to recognize coaches who have brought great distinction to themselves, their institutions and to the sports of cross country and track and field.
In addition to this new honor, Hazen was previously has been inducted into the Malone Athletics Hall of Fame, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame, the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Hall of Fame, the Asbury University Hall of Fame, the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) Hall of Fame and the Marlboro High School Hall of Fame.
“Jack is a beloved member of the Malone community,” Malone athletic director Charlie Grimes said. “Seeing our longtime mentor and friend receive this well-deserved honor is very special to me and the entire athletic department.”
Grimes knows Hazen well, having previously served alongside him as Malone’s track and field head coach for 11 seasons.
While Malone competed at the NAIA level, the men’s cross country program qualified for the national meet each year of Hazen’s tenure, recording 43 straight appearances and additionally, the Pioneers recorded 35 top-10 NAIA national finishes during that time and are still ranked as the winningest program by the NAIA.
Outside of cross country, Hazen has also coached extensively in track and field, having served as Malone’s head coach of men’s track and field coach for 28 years and women’s track and field coach for three years. Between his time coaching both track and cross country, Hazen has coached more than 325 All-Americans, which represents more than 80 percent of the All-Americans in Malone Athletics history.
He has also written textbooks on coaching and has had numerous international coaching opportunities, including most recently being selected to serve as an assistant coach for the USA Track & Field Team at the 2012 London Olympic Games where he worked with Team USA’s distance runners.
His previous international appointments include being named head manager for the 1999 Junior Pan American Track & Field Team, twice serving as the U.S. coach for men’s cross country at the World Championships in Boston and Capetown, South Africa, and serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. World Championship meet in Helsinki, Finland in 2005.
Hazen has also coached two Olympians and served on the Track & Field Competition Management Team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
In the spring of 2016, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the OATCCC, recognizing 100 total seasons of combined coaching service between track & field and cross country.
Hazen and fellow 2017 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame honorees Amy Deem of the University of Miami, Peter Farwell of Williams College, Bob Kersee of UCLA, Fred Samara of Princeton University and Patrick Shane of Brigham Young University will be officially inducted at the USTFCCCA National Convention on Wednesday, Dec. 13 in Phoenix, Ariz.
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