Art Madric

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A three-sport standout at Wilmington High School, Art Madric has a noteworthy championship history in the sport of track & field. As a head
coach, he guided his squads to 15 state championships and three New Castle County championships, and assisted with six other state championship teams. Prior to coaching high school track and field,
he started The Wilmington Track Club in 1975 and found great success, serving as head coach until 2015. Starting with a small group of city children, the program grew rapidly and competed in regional
and national competitions, including the prestigious East Coast Invitational at Towson (Md.) University. At the club’s first national meet at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in 1981, team members
earned four gold medals. He later started the Higher Heights Track Club based in Bear, Del. As a volunteer, he has coached over 600 track & field athletes, taking Delaware youth throughout the
U.S. and leading them to national titles and records. He began his high school coaching at Sanford (1984-86) and Howard (1987-89), and before retiring from the Wilmington Fire Department in 1991, he
accepted a position at Glasgow. He was named the state’s coach of the year six times for indoor track & field and two times for outdoor track & field. His coaching specialty came in the
hurdles and his athletes won state titles and set numerous records in those events, as well as in the long jump, triple jump, and high jump. He was Terri Dendy’s coach when she made the 1988 Olympic
Team and he coached four athletes who competed at the Olympic Trials and two who competed at the USA World Championships.  A member of the Wilmington High School Wall of Fame, the Delaware
Afro-American Hall of Fame (2004), and Delaware Track Hall of Fame (2009), Art was also honored at the White House in 1994 as an Unsung Hero for his work in developing track athletes. The Art Madric
Relays is held annually at Caravel Academy.




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