NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State's Chandra Cheeseborough has added yet another honor to her list of outstanding accomplishments by being named the 2003 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field ?Coach of the Year.?
It marks the second straight year that Cheeseborough has received the indoor honor for leading the Tigerbelles to the OVC Championship. In addition, the Tigerbelles' coach has received OVC ?Coach of the Year,? for Outdoor Track and Field each of the past two years, giving her a total of four OVC ?Coach of the Year? awards.
The Tigerbelles have captured a total of four OVC titles under Cheeseborough's guidance. The Tigerbelles will be aiming for their third consecutive outdoor title when the team hosts the 2003 OVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May.
Cheeseborough, one of the standouts in both TSU and United States track and field history, had led the storied TSU program to its recent success. As an athlete she was named to three United States Olympic teams. She placed third as a 17-year old in the 100-meter dash in Montreal. She qualified for the ill-fated 1980 Olympic team that did not compete because of a boycott.
In 1984, at the Los Angeles games, she made Olympic history by running a leg on two Gold Medal Relay Teams and was the sliver medalist in the 400-meters.
Cheeseborough emerged on the scene in 1975 at age 16, where she won a gold medal in the 200-meter dash in the Pan American Games in a world junior record 22.77 seconds. She also won the TAC 100-meter championship.
She came to the Summer Track program at Tennessee State University as a high school junior and senior, respectively, and competed as a member of the TSU Track Club under legendary coach Edward S. Temple.