Jan. 17, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former women’s track and field head coach Mamie Rallins received the Phyllis Bailey Career Achievement award at the women’s basketball game against Purdue on Sunday.

Rallins, a two-time Olympic hurdler, helped start the women’s track and field and cross country programs at Ohio State when she became head women’s coach in 1976. The first African-American woman to ever coach at Ohio State, she she coached 60 Big Ten indoor/outdoor champions, 24 All Americans, nine Olympic trial qualifiers and one Olympian during an 18-year career. She also served as assistant athletic director for three years. 

Rallins also coached elite athletes, serving as the head coach of the U.S. indoor world championship team in 1987 and assistant coach of the USA Olympic team in 1996. She was the Olympic head manager for the USA women’s track team at the 2000 Sydney Games. 

Rallins remains very involved with the Buckeyes, volunteering as a statistician for the track and field program.