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John Chaplin


John Chaplin is among the nation’s most successful coaches in Track and Field.

While at Pasadena City College in 1959, Chaplin ran on PCC’s Track and Field Team and managed to best world-class sprinter, James Bates, in the hundred by a nano second.
(Chaplin ran 9.6 and Bates just behind).

After transferring to Washington State University he capped a brilliant career by posting a 202-15-0 dual meet record and guided the Cougars to four runner up finishes at the NCAA outdoor championships.


Chair, Men’s Track and Field for the United State
USA/TF 2001-2004 Referee
USA/TF National Indoor and Outdoor Championships 1980 to present
International Consultant to NIKE Corporation – 1985 to present
Consultant to the Olympic Trials at Sacramento, CA 1988 to present
Referee Texas Relays 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002
Referee Penn Relays 1991 to present
National High School Indoor Track and Field Meet 1995 to present
Referee National High School Outdoor Track and Field Meet 1999 to present


International Coach of the Year – 1978
NCAA District VIII Coach of the Year 1975, 78, 81, 83, 84, 85, and 1991
Pacific 10 Coach of the Year 1975, 1983, 1985, and 1991
Washington State University Distinguished Alumnus Award 1985
Veteran of the IAAF – 2001 Hall of Fame WSU and Inland Empire