A former track captain and national qualifier in the javelin at the University of Chicago in the 1930s, Edward “Ted” Haydon later returned to Chicago as head track & field coach from 1950-85, and continued to assist with the program until his death in 1985. He also founded and coached the University of Chicago Track Club to national prominence.
A 1933 graduate of the University of Chicago, Haydon worked as a social worker for several years before returning to the school as a volunteer coach in 1947. In 1950, Haydon took over the head coaching reins, and in 1952, he formed the University of Chicago Track Club as a post-collegiate development group with a non-discriminatory, open-door policy for young athletes.
Under his guidance, the UCTC produced numerous successful post-collegiate athletes. One of his most notable athletes was Rick Wohlhuter, Olympic Bronze Medalist and former world record holder in the 800m. He also coached shot putter Brian Oldfield, hammer thrower Jud Logan (who later became head coach at Ashland University), and pole vaulter Jan Johnson; a UCTC two-mile relay team set a world record under his tutelage. Haydon also coached fellow USTFCCCA Hall of Famer Al Carius. At least one Haydon-coached athlete made every U.S. Olympic Team from 1956-84.
Haydon served as a coach for several teams competing internationally, including as an assistant coach for the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Teams and for the 1963 and 1979 Pan American Games. He was inducted into the USATF Hall of Fame in 1975 and into the University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.