After six decades of coaching local cross country runners locally, nationally and internationally, San Jose State University's Augie Argabright is retiring from coaching. Marie Tuite, the Spartans' deputy director of athletics, made the announcement.
Considered a pioneer specifically in women's cross country circles, Argabright spent the last 18 seasons as the Spartans' first women's cross country coach. He added the duties of men's cross country head coach in 1997 when the university reinstated the sport after a nine-year absence.
"Everyone connected with San Jose State athletics congratulates Augie on a distinguished coaching career. From his days coaching the San Jose Cindergals AAU championship teams to starting the San Jose State women's cross country program and re-establishing the men's program, Augie was a positive influence on the lives of countless young men and women. We wish he and his wife, Kathy, the best in their future plans," says Tuite.
HIS SAN JOSE STATE LEGACY
At San Jose State, his women's teams won the Cross Country only national invitational championships in 1999 and 2005. His overall win-loss record leading the two Spartan programs was 1,052-941-1. The Spartans earned 18 All-Western Athletic Conference honors and finished in the top-10 at the conference women's championship meet seven times.
His student-athletes earned more than 100 Academic All-WAC honors while he was head coach.
"I told many our athletes, if you're All-WAC academically, it's going to look just as good on your resume as if you're All-WAC athletically," Argabright says.
A NATIONAL FIGURE IN HIS SPORT
Before taking the San Jose State position, Argabright formed the San Jose Cindergals AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) team in 1967 and was its director and head coach for 15 years. The Cindergals won nine AAU national championships with Argabright in charge. Twice, he was appointed to coach the USA national cross country team. Five-time U.S. Olympian Francie Larrieu is his best-known protégée.
"We (he and his wife Kathy) will do some traveling. One of our goals is to visit all the major league ballparks. We'll be able to spend a lot of time with our four grand-daughters, because they are within a 15-minute walk from where we live," says Argabright.
"I appreciate all the runners who have run for us. They've all worked really hard, were very dedicated and many of them have gone on to successful careers in their field."
Argabright's final meet as San Jose State's cross country head coach will be at the NCAA West Regional Championships, Saturday, November 12, on the Stanford University course.