USTFCCCA Mourns The Passing Of Hall Of Famer Harry Groves

Harry Groves, who spent 53 legendary years as a cross country and track & field coach, including 38 seasons as head coach at Penn State University, recently passed away.

He was 89.

Groves was inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001.

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A middle distance runner at Temple University, Groves began his coaching career in 1953 when he served as coach of the post track team at Fort Eustis, Virginia. In 1955, he joined the staff at William & Mary as an assistant cross country and track & field coach. He took over the position as head coach with the Tribe in 1956 and held it until moving to Penn State in 1968.

In his 53-year coaching career, Groves coached 11 American record holders, 21 national champions, 14 Olympians and 227 All-Americans. He was named Regional Coach of the Year a combined 26 times and the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year award bears his name.