bleedCrimson.net will be conducting interviews with Aggie women's track and field head coach Orin Richburg throughout the 2008 season as Coach Richburg builds the Aggie track and field program. In part one of this week's interview Coach Richburg talks about how he got the job at NMSU, takes us through a typical practice for the track and field athletes and talks about their recent meet at Texas Tech and the upcoming meets at Texas Tech and the University of Washington .
bleedCrimson.net: How did you wind up at NMSU as the track and field coach?
Orin Richburg: The last five or six years I've been coordinating all of relays for our National Team, Olympic Team and World Championship Team, so I've put together all of our relays when we go into international competition. I've been traveling with those teams for the last five or six years. I stepped down in 2002 from the University of Washington as the head track and field coach there. At that time I was asked to be the coordinator of our relay program after the incidents that we had in 2000 at Sydney with the guys pulling their shirts down, we thought it would be appropriate to have a domestic relay program where we bring all the athletes together and get them to understand the procedures that we go through so when we do get to international competition and we're in front of the whole world that there's certain procedures and certain things that are expected of athletes. So for the last five years I've been coordinating the relays and putting all those together and things have been working real well.
In June of this past year I got a call from Dr. Boston asking if I'd be interested in the position here at New Mexico State University and I got in touch with Dr. Boston and spoke with him a little bit and came down for an interview and talked with him and got a chance to look around and saw the area and my wife and I enjoyed the area. The job was offered to us and we decided to come down and be the head track and field coach at NMSU. Continue Reading This Post >>