Bob Ehrhart, USTFCCCA Class of 2004

Bob Ehrhart retired from Drake University where he coached and directed the Drake Relays.

Ehrhart, a native of Naperville, Illinois, was a high school and college coach for 41 years. After graduating from Northwestern in 1954, Ehrhart coached the Wildcats’ track program for nine seasons, during which time his cross country team won the 1965 Big Ten title and placed second in the NCAA.

He took over at Drake in 1969, coaching 77 Missouri Valley Conference indoor track & field champions – the most from any coach in the history of Valley indoor track & field – and 43 individual conference outdoor track & field champions. Ehrhart stepped down as the Bulldogs’ coach in 1992 after becoming the first full-time director of the Relays.

Ehrhart was the longest-tenured director of the Relays, serving for 31 years before retiring in 2000. During his tenure as director of the Relays, Ehrhart incorporated a women’s team division and switched all running events to metric in 1976. Ehrhart was largely responsible for bringing Olympic Gold Medalists such as Bruce Jenner, Michael Johnson, Carl Lewis, and Frank Shorter to the Relays.

Ehrhart also served as president of the Division I Track Coaches Association (1983-85) and as manager and coach for many US national teams. He is a member of the Iowa Track Coaches Hall of Fame.

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