Jack Mooberry, USTFCCCA Special Inductee

Jack Mooberry served as Washington State University’s head track & field coach for nearly 30 years, from 1945-73, compiling a .706 career dual meet win percentage during his tenure.

As an athlete, Mooberry was a state champion sprinter in Washington and become a national-class sprinter at Washington State under fellow USTFCCCA Hall of Famer Karl Schlademan. After graduation, Mooberry worked as an assistant to Schlademan before leaving Pullman to coach high school track & field in Spokane. In 1945, Mooberry returned to his alma mater after accepting the position of head track & field coach.

Mooberry led the Cougars to seven straight finishes in the top ten of the NCAA outdoors. Among his talented athletes was future Washington State head coach and USTFCCCA Hall of Famer John Chaplin, who set world records in the indoor 220 yard and 330 yard dashes under Mooberry’s tutelage. Mooberry’s athletes included 53 All Americans and competitors in five different Olympic Games; in 1969, he was recognized as the NCAA Coach of the Year.

Mooberry also served as assistant coach for the 1971 U.S. Pan American Games Team. The Washington State track & field complex is named in his honor.

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