Carl Lewis is coming back to his roots to be a volunteer track & field coach at the University of Houston.
The announcement was made Thursday by Leroy Burrell, the Cougars' head coach and Lewis' former Team USA Olympic teammate.
“When you think of track and field, several athletes come to mind, one being Carl Lewis,” Burrell said in a UH press release. “To have that type of name recognition and excellence associated with the program only enhances the training environment, credibility with our athletes and marketability with our recruits.”
When both Burrell and Lewis were in their prime, they took turns breaking records in the 100-meter dash. Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals and won 10 Olympic medals overall. He also competed and won in the long jump and relay events. In his two seasons at UH (1979 and 1980), Lewis was a six-time All-American, winning six national championships. Lewis still holds school records in the indoor 55-yard dash as well as the indoor and outdoor long jump.
“I tell people all the time that if I didn’t go here, you wouldn’t know me,” Lewis said in a UH press release. “I was a kid who was very good in high school, one of the best recruits from New Jersey, but there’s no way I would have progressed without the University of Houston, the coaching staff, Coach Tellez and all of them, but then not only that, Coach Yeoman, Coach Lewis, Coach Williams, Athletic Director Harry Fouke and the Cullen family."
Burrell said Lewis will be moving to Houston as he takes this job. Lewis will be working with the sprinters and the jumpers.