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Trustees to consider naming Illini track for longtime coach

March 6, 2019

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois Board of Trustees is scheduled to decide if the school’s new track will be named after longtime coach Gary Wieneke.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Chancellor Robert Jones recommends trustees approve naming the running portion of the track and field project the Gary R. Wieneke track. The track is part of a $6 million Demirjian Park Stadium project set to open in 2021. It also includes soccer fields and a grandstand.

The board meets next week.

Wieneke retired in 2003 after 36 years with 13 Big Ten championships. He lives in Champaign. Many of his former athletes launched a naming campaign to honor the coach.

University deputy comptroller Mike Bass called Wieneke “one of the most decorated track and field coaches in history at Illinois.”


Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com