Feb. 14, 2014
WACO, Texas - At their regular February meeting, Baylor University's Board of Regents gave their approval to name the new $18.1 million track facility the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium in recognition of Baylor's longest-tenured coach and his 51 years of exceptional service to the University.
Hart served 42 years as Baylor's head track and field coach before retiring in 2005 to become director of track and field. His five decades of leadership elevated Baylor track and field to monumental heights while earning a worldwide reputation as "Quarter-Miler U" and international exposure on the Olympic stage. One of the nation's most successful and prominent programs, Baylor's track and field teams have produced nine Olympic gold medals, 36 NCAA championships and more than 600 All-America performances.
Former track and field athletes and Baylor supporters have rallied around the program's return to campus, providing a number of major gifts to the new stadium during the past two years. Baylor officials said the realization of the facility's fully desired scale and amenities is a direct result of such strong financial support.
The Hart Track and Field Stadium is under construction along the Brazos River on the far east side of the 93-acre McLane Stadium property. It is slated for completion in time for the spring 2015 season.