Douglas Raymond, USTFCCCA Class of 2003
Douglas Raymond retired from Kent State University in 1978 after coaching there for 18 years. Prior to Kent State, he was the head coach at Boston University, where his teams won seven straight New England Intercollegiate Championships. Raymond coached numerous all Americans, including miler Sam Bair, and won the Mid American Conference Coach of the Year twice.
A lifelong track & field enthusiast, Raymond was undefeated in both the 440 and the 880 in his track career at Boston University, where he graduated in 1938 and qualified for the 1940 Olympic Games. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy during WWII, serving five years with duties on vessels ranging from destroyer escorts to battleships and as a gun commander on U.S. merchant ships making the dreaded North Atlantic crossings. He retired with the rank of Lt. Commander.
Following military service, Raymond accepted a coaching berth at Boston University, coaching seven straight New England Intercollegiate Championship teams, five straight Eastern Intercollegiate Team Championships, 25 All Americans, four NCAA Record holders, and one World Record holder.
In 1960, Raymond moved to Kent, Ohio, where he spent the next 18 years as the head coach of the Kent State University’s track & field program. While at KSU, Raymond’s team won the Mid-America Conference (MAC) Championship, and he was twice voted MAC “Coach of the Year.” He produced 34 All Americans, three NCAA Division I records, three members of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team, and the all-time High Scorer in the MAC Track Championships.
Raymond served as a coach on the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Team staffs and on the 1969 American Team staff at the Pacific Conference Championships in Japan. He also coached a team of American athletes who traveled to Finland in 1956 for an international meet.
Raymond retired from Kent State University in 1978. Including the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame, he has been named to five Halls of Fame: the Boston University Hall of Fame, Ohio Track & Field Association, the Varsity K Hall of Fame, and the Portage County Hall of Fame. Kent State University continues to host the annual “Doug Raymond Invitational” track meet in his honor.