Regarded as the “Father” of track and field in the South, Charles “Chuck” Rohe was the link between football players and track and field athletes while at Tennessee. He began his storied career as the Head Coach at Hattiesburg High School, then moved on to Furman University before taking over as the men’s Head Coach at the University of Tennessee. At Tennessee, Rohe led the men’s team to 21 straight cross country and track & field SEC Conference Championships. He had six top-ten NCAA Championship finishes, and he coached three NCAA Individual Champions, 53 SEC Indoor event champions, and 49 SEC Outdoor event champions. Rohe was named the 1967 NCAA National Coach of the Year.
“I am honored and excited about my selection to the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame,” said Rohe. “Among my most treasured career accomplishments was the state championship while at Hattiesburg, Southern Conference championships at Furman, and 21 consecutive SEC Championships at Tennessee. In the last couple of years we have had great reunions with all these championship teams and certainly these athletes and their record-setting performances are the principal qualifications I have for induction into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame.”