June 24, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Rick Sloan, head coach of the Washington State University track and field program, has been named an assistant coach for the United States men's team competing at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Cup in Madrid, Spain, this fall.
Sloan just completed his 29th season with the Cougar track program; eight years as the head coach for the men's team and seven years as mentor to the combined men's and women's program. He was selected the United States Track Coaches Association West Region Men's Coach of the Year for the 2002 indoor season, the second consecutive year Sloan has been named the men's coach of the year. He has also been honored as the regional women's coach of the year for both 1999 and 2000.
Ron Bazil, head coach of the track and field program at Tulane University is the Team USA men's head coach while Kansas State head coach Cliff Rovelto joins Sloan as an assistant.
Team USA is comprised of the individual winners at the just completed USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships (Stanford, Calif.). The relay teams are selected by the team coaches. Only one athlete from each team is allowed to compete in each event at the World Cup as the eight teams are comprised globally (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Germany, Great Britain, Oceania, and United States). The prize money for the individual events in 2002 start with $30,000 for first place.
The women's squad from Team USA is the defending champion after winning in 1998 at Johannesburg, South Africa. The Team USA men's team was fifth at the meet which was won by Africa.
The IAAF World Cup takes place Sept. 21-22, in Madrid.