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July 25, 2012NEW ORLEANS | University of Alabama track and field assistant coach Dick Booth has been named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in recognition of a career that has spanned nearly 40 years and produced countless honors and accomplishments. Booth and the other five members of the 2012 Hall of Fame class will be enshrined during the organization's annual convention in December.
"An honor like this doesn't sink in for a while," Booth said. "But I've been extremely blessed in my career to work with tremendous athletes that possess great work ethic. That's what my career has been, coaching great athletes who are willing to work hard."
Booth has coached 49 individual NCAA champions and 153 All-Americans during his career while earning a reputation as one of the top jumps coaches in the world.
He recently wrapped up his first season on the staff at the University of Alabama and coached three student-athletes to All-America honors and an NCAA Indoor Championships runner-up performance. Before joining Alabama, Booth coached two years at Florida and spent 27 years at Arkansas where he helped the Razorbacks become the NCAA's winningest men's program.
Booth is joined in the Hall of Fame class by Dick Hill, Oregon head coach Vin Lananna, former Clemson head coach Bob Pollock, former Emporia State head coach Fran Welch and Wisconson-Oshkosh head coach John Zupanc.