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Dec. 4, 1997

Karen Dennis Named USA Track and Field Head Coach for the 2000 Olympics

LAS VEGAS, Nev, -- USA Track and Field announced Thursday that UNLV Head Coach Karen Dennis will coach the women's national team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Dennis was selected by way of a vote Wednesday night at the organization's annual meeting in Dallas, Texas.

Dennis, the 16th person to coach the women's squad, was an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the 1995 World Outdoor Championships. She also headed up the 1991 Women's Pan American Games team, and was an assistant coach at the 1989 World University Games. Dennis qualified for the 1964 Olympic Trials in the 200-meter dash and was the 1975 AIAW 200 champion.

Entering her sixth season with the Rebels track and field program, Dennis has coached numerous All-Americans and was named the 1993 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year. A graduate of Michigan State, she was the head coach of the Spartans from 1981 until coming to UNLV in 1992.

Says Coach Dennis, "I am very excited. I'm also a little nervous, but ready to go to work. I think this staff is a diverse and highly capable group. It's a staff that I know is ready to go ahead and do the work that is necessary to ensure that our 2000 team is well-prepared and has whatever they need to succeed."

The assistant coaches appointed to the women's team were: Sandy Fowler, Mark Young, Ernest Gregoire, LaVerne Sweat and Rita Somerlot.

Coach Dennis is currently in Dallas, but can be reached for interviews upon request.

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