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Oregon Hall of Fame Coaching Staff
Alberto Salazar
Hall of Fame Inductee
Coach Info:
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: 1994 Inductee, Track and Field (1978-1981)

He could arguably be labeled the most visible runner in the school’s storied history of distance standouts. He wore his Oregon uniform the day he made his major international breakthrough. He was the champion of the 1980 New York Marathon in his first try at the distance that would become his trademark. While other athletes may have abandoned their collegiate career at that point, he continued to run for the glory of his school to express his loyalty and gratitude.

In 1978, he came within a yard of being the first to win the NCAA and AAU cross country titles in the same year, then did
capture the AAU crown the next year. A three-time all-American at 10,000 meters, he was ranked as the No. 1 American
after winning the 1981 TAC title. The two-time Olympian won New York twice more and the Boston Marathon near his
hometown in 1982 before ever losing at the distance. He broke the American 5,000 and 10,000 records within 10 days later
that summer.