North Carolina Assistant, Saint Aug’s Alum Pettigrew Passes

Courtesy: Multiple sources

August 10, 2010   

Courtesy: North Carolina Athletics

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – University of North Carolina assistant track and field coach Antonio Pettigrew was found dead early Tuesday in Chatham County. Further details are pending.

“Although we are still learning the circumstances, we are deeply saddened to learn of Antonio’s death,” UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour said on Tuesday. “I was particularly impressed with the relationships he established with his student-athletes and the pride he took in representing the University of North Carolina. Our deepest condolences go out to Antonio’s family, particularly his wife and son.”

Pettigrew has been an assistant coach at UNC for four years. He concentrated on coaching sprints, hurdle and relays for the Tar Heel team. He was a 1992 alumnus of St. Augustine’s in Raleigh.

Courtesy: Saint Augustine’s Athletics

Saint Augustine’s College mourns loss of former track star

Saint Augustine’s College is mourning the loss of former track and field standout Antonio Pettigrew, who died Tuesday morning.

News of Pettigrew’s death sent shockwaves throughout the campus where he became known as a track and field standout. Saint Augustine’s College president Dianne Boardley Suber expressed sorrow over the loss of a great athlete and alumnus.

“Saint Augustine’s College is saddened by the loss of Antonio Pettigrew,” Suber said. “He will always be remembered as a first class athlete; one who played a major role in establishing a tradition of excellence in the track and field program at Saint Augustine’s College.  Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts are sent to his wife Cassandra, their son Antonio, Jr., and to his extended family.”

Acclaimed head track and field coach George Williams was a coach and mentor to Pettigrew. Williams, who is out of the country, issued the following statement:

“Besides being a great athlete, Antonio Pettigrew was a friend and colleague who represented himself, his family and his community on the international track and field stage,” said Williams, the school’s athletic director. “He will not only be remembered for his accomplishments on the track but for the thousands of lives his success impacted. He was a role model and mentor who will be sorely missed. His contributions to the success of the Saint Augustine’s College track and field program will never be forgotten.”

Pettigrew was a four-time national champion and 10-time All-American between 1991 and 1992 at Saint Augustine’s College. During that time, Pettigrew won two NCAA Division II titles in the 400-meter dash, and helped the Falcons win two NCAA men’s national crowns.

After graduating from Saint Augustine’s College in 1993, Pettigrew spent three years as an assistant coach under Williams at his alma mater. He coached 30 All-American student-athletes and helped Falcons win the NCAA men’s and women’s championships.

Following his coaching stint at Saint Augustine’s College, Pettigrew became the director of cross country and track and field at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C. At the time of his death, Pettigrew was the assistant track and field coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.