Aug. 6, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Longtime Wisconsin men's track and field head coach Ed Nuttycombe will be inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coaches Hall of Fame, the organization announced Wednesday.
Nuttycombe joins St. Olaf's Chris Daymont, Haverford's Tom Donnelly, Lipscomb's Joe Haines, Arkansas women's track and field coach Lance Harter and the late Johnny Thomas of Southern (La.) in the Class of 2014. The group of six will be honored at the 2014 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame ceremony on Dec. 15 in Phoenix.
Ed Nuttycombe joins his father, Charles, in the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame, as Charles was inducted into the hall of fame in 2005 after coaching at Newport News and Menchville High Schools in Virginia from 1956-90. Charles Nuttycombe led his teams to seven indoor track & field state championships and seven outdoor track & field state championships. Charles coached Wisconsin legend Al Toon in high school before Ed coached him at Wisconsin
Ed Nuttycombe served as the head men's track and field coach at UW for 30 years before retiring last year. He led the Badgers to 26 Big Ten track and field titles - 13 indoors and 13 outdoors - for a total greater than each of the next three teams combined.
From 1994-2008, the Badgers dominated the Big Ten, winning 34 of a possible 41 conference titles across cross country, indoor and outdoor track. On 10 occasions, Wisconsin swept the cross country and indoor and outdoor track titles in the same season to earn the Big Ten "Triple Crown."
One of Nuttycombe's best moments came in 2007 when Wisconsin became the first Big Ten school to win a national title in track by winning the NCAA indoor championships.
During his 30 seasons at the helm of the program, Nuttycombe coached five Olympians, 11 NCAA individual champions and 165 Big Ten individual champions.
Nuttycombe was well respected by his peers, winning 34 coach of the year honors, including the 2007 USTFCCCA National Indoor Coach of the Year award.
He is the fourth coach with UW ties to be inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame, joining men's track and field coach Tom Jones, women's track and field coach Peter Tegen and former UW assistant Mark Guthrie.