Nashville, Tenn. - USA Track and Field has announced Tennessee State University head coach Chandra Cheeseborough will serve respectively as the women's head coach for Team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany.
Cheeseborough and the women's Team USA staff will guide the World's #1 Track & Field Team at the World Championships, August 15-23 in Berlin.
At the most recent World Outdoor Championships in 2007 in Osaka, Japan, Team USA tied the all-time World Championships record for gold medals with 14, matching its feat from 2005, and tied the American all-time medal tally at a World Outdoor Championships with 26. In Osaka, Team USA led a medal table in which a record 46 countries won medals. When Team USA last won 26 medals at a World Outdoor Championships in 1991, just 29 countries appeared on the medal table.
Currently the head women's and cross country coach at her alma mater Tennessee State University, National Track & Field Hall of Famer Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice broke onto the international track scene as a 16-year-old when she won two gold medals at the 1975 Pan American Games, taking the 200m in American-record time of 22.77 seconds.
"I'm excited about the head coach appointment and priveleged to help facilitate some of the young ladies in accomplishing their personal goals in the sport of track and field," said Cheeseeborough-Guice. "I'm thrilled to have a chance to lead a fine group of athletes and looking forward to our first stop in England for the Aviva London Grand Prix. What's makes this a historical moment for me, we will be competing in the same stadium in Berlin where Jesse Owens made major milestones in USA track and field."
The Aviva London Grand Prix is an annual athletics meeting at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London, England as part of the IAAF Super Grand Prix. Two men and women 4x100 relay teams will make a stop in London England to compete against international competition on July 24-25.
A three-time Olympian under the tutelage of National Track & Field Hall of Fame coach and former Tigerbelle head coach Ed Temple, Cheeseborough-Guice won two gold medals (4x100 and 4x400 relays) at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, becoming the first woman ever to accomplish that double-relay feat, with both finals staged less than an hour apart. She also won a silver medal in the 400 meters at the 1984 Games, and twice set the American record in the women's 400 meters.
Cheeseborough-Guice was named Tennessee State's men's and women's coach in 1999. Internationally, she has served as an assistant coach at the 2008 Olympic Games (Beijing), the 2001 World Outdoor Championships and the 1999 Pan American Junior Championships.
The University of Alabama head coach Harvey Glance will serve as the men's head coach for Team USA.