Deegan, in 50th year at Mount, to retire as track coach in '06



September 29, 2005

Longtime Mount St. Mary's University head track and field coach Jim Deegan has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2006.

Deegan, who has coached 100 All-Americans and 26 national champions at the NCAA Division I and II levels, is in his 50th year at the school. It is expected that associate head coach Jim Stevenson will take over for Deegan at the end of the school year.

Deegan has coached 11 Olympic athletes, including 1988 1,500-meter gold medalist Peter Rono. The Mount track program sent six athletes to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

"It's been a great run and a lot of fun," Deegan said. "The program will continue to be successful under the leadership of Jim Stevenson, an All-American NCAA Division I decathlete and a Mount graduate who has been with the program for 11 years."

Deegan was awarded "The Governor's Citation" by then-Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer in the fall of 1988.

One of Deegan's best seasons at the Mount came in 1987 when the school produced 16 NCAA All-Americans and five national champions. That same spring, the distance medley relay team of Dave Lishebo, Rono and Kip and Charles Cheruiyot bettered the world record.

A member of the Mount St. Mary's Sports Hall of Fame, Deegan also guided the Mount soccer team to 216 victories in 38 seasons while having seven of his players earn All-America honors.

Originally from Philadelphia, Deegan played soccer and ran track at West Chester University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and history in 1956.

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