William A. “Bill” Thomson

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Thomson’s illustrious coaching career, very impressive officiating and administrative tenures in track and field earned him recognition as one of the most respected track officials and coaches in
the country. He was the national women’s hurdles coach from 1974-80 and also served as coach or assistant of several U.S. national teams at both domestic and foreign meets up to the mid-80’s.
Thomson’s singular coaching accomplishments include coaching one world record holder in the 60 yard hurdles, four American record holders, three Olympians, and several senior and junior national team
champions and members. He was certified as a master referee and clerk of the course by the Athletic Congress, AAU and U.S.A. Track and Field in 1972, and served as head referee at several national
track meets. Thomson served on committees and advisor on several indoor and outdoor national Track and Field bodies. He was the recipient of the Jesse Owens Award and the Athletics Congress
Presidential Award in 1985. He was a charter inductee into the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1994.



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