Richburg Named 2008 Olympic Team Staff Member

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - USA Track & Field recently announced the 2008 Olympic Games Team staff and upon the list is New Mexico State head coach Orin Richburg, who has been put in charge of the men and women’s relay teams.

This is Richburg’s second consecutive Olympic Games as the head relay coordinator. He has also coached at numerous world championships throughout the years.

Richburg has 26 years of collegiate track & field coaching experience, along with 19 years of USA Track & Field coaching expertise. He was appointed as a staff member due to his highly prestigious reputation within the sports world and the high esteem to which his peers hold him.

Richburg said that he felt very privileged to be selected to this position. He also said he is grateful because it is very rare for someone to be chosen for this position two consecutive times.

“It’s a very great honor to be selected by my peers,” Richburg said. “I am getting the chance to represent my country at the highest level of a track and field in my profession.”

Last summer Richburg led Team USA to a sweep in every relay at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. It was the first time in the history of the World Championships that USA swept the relays.

A few months earlier, at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Richburg led the USA men’s relay squads to two medals. The first was a bronze in the 4x100-meter relay in a time of 38.88 and the second in the 4x400-meter relay, earning silver in a time of 3:02.44.

Before Brazil, Richburg was the head relay coach for Team USA at the 2006 World Junior Championship in Beijing, China. Along with 2006 World Cup in Athens, Greece, the 2005 World Championship in Helsinki, Findland, the 2003 World Championship in Paris France, and the 2003 World Championship in Madrid, Spain.

Since Richburg’s short time at NMSU, he and his staff has already began to stride in the right direction by bringing in some solid recruits and finishing a place better on both the women and men’s side at the 2007 WAC Cross Country Championships.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, Richburg and the NMSU cross country squads are headed to Riverdale, Utah, to compete at 2007 NCAA Mountain Regional Championships, at Weber State’s Schneiter Riverside Golf Course.

The track and field squads have already been preparing for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. The indoor season opens up in El Paso, Texas for the annual Tune-Up meet, Saturday, Dec. 1.