During his 19 seasons at Southern California, Ron Allice guided the Women of Troy program to a 2001 NCAA Outdoor team championship, the pinnacle of a 19-year tenure of perennial championship contention that featured a combined 25 NCAA Championships top-10 finishes and 32 individual NCAA titles between his men’s and women’s programs.
All told in his 49-year coaching career, Allice produced 313 All-Americans, 27 Olympians, 16 Olympic medalists, seven American record holders and four world record holders, while maintaining a dual meet record of 217-48-1 and winning 11 state championships in 16 years at Long Beach City College at the junior college level.
From 2005-08 the USC program stood alone as the only school to record top-10 national finishes in both the men’s and women’s team competitions. The men’s team continued that streak of top-10 finishes through the 2010 NCAA Championships, completing a six-season run of top-10 finishes for the first time since the program’s early 1970s teams.
Such success under Allice was made possible by the seemingly unending stream of world-class talent with which he filled his roster. Men’s hammer thrower Balazs Kiss — the collegiate and NCAA Championships record holder and an Olympic gold medalist — and women’s 100 meter sprinter Angela Williams each won four straight NCAA outdoor crowns in their events. Williams’ four straight 100 meter titles was an unprecedented feat that has not yet been matched.
Among the many other standouts coached by Allice are Felix Sanchez, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and an NCAA champion in the 400 hurdles; four-time hurdles champion Virginia Powell; 2000 Olympic medalist sprinter Torri Edwards; and 2012 Olympic silver medal sprinter Bryshon Nellum.
Allice retired following the 2013 outdoor track & field season, concluding his career with a fifth-place team finish in the men’s competition.
Prior to USC, Allice served as the head coach at Long Beach City College for 16 years, where his teams won conference championships in each of those seasons and went 78-1 in dual meet competitions. His teams won 11 state titles — including five in a row — and finished runners-up five other times. His 1980 team was named the best junior college team in history by Track & Field News.
His coaching career began in 1964 when he served as the coach of the Long Beach Comets girls’ and women’s AAU program for four years, expanding the team from five girls to more than 150. Meanwhile he was a graduate assistant at Long Beach State (1964), an assistant at Compton (Calif.) High (1966) and the head track and cross country coach at Wilson High in Long Beach (1967-68).
He then served as the track and cross country head coach at Poly High in Long Beach from 1969-71 before moving to Cal Poly Pomona for two seasons as the head track and cross country coach. His teams at Pomona won the CCAA titles and finished fifth and sixth at the NCAA College Division championships.
Long Beach State in 1974 was the next stop for Allice, where he guided the new program to a track & field Pacific Coast Athletic Association title and two cross country PCAA titles.