LAS CRUCES, N.M.-New Mexico State University head track and field coach Orin Richburg has been selected as an assistant coach for the United States Track and Field Team at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, March 9-11.
The selection process is conducted primarily by recommendation from peers in the track and field profession. His election as head coach reflected the high esteem in which U.S. track and field and his coaching peers around the country hold him.
"It is a great opportunity to represent the United States," Richburg said. "It is how you are perceived by your peers. If your peers see you as a viable coach, then it gives you the opportunity to help out the U.S."
Richburg said that one of the unique aspects of the USA Track and Field Team is that everyone has an equal opportunity to make the team.
"We normally have new people and new faces who are performing at a high enough level to represent the USA," Richburg said. "Our country does not operate on a status quo system like other countries do."
This is not the first time Richburg will be coaching USA track and field athletes. Richburg has accumulated national team coaching experience, ranging from the Olympics to the Pan American Games.
Richburg was given his first opportunity to coach at the national level when he was chosen as an assistant coach for the 1989 Junior Pan American team.
Richburg later assisted with the national team in its dual meet with Great Britain, March 14, 1994, in Birmingham, England.
In 1997, Richburg received another prestigious coaching appointment. Richburg was selected as the head coach for the USA national team for the World Indoor Championship Meet in Paris, France. Richburg was also named as head coach of Team USA for 2001 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Richburg was also the head relay coach for Team USA at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China. He also served as a relay coach for Team USA at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In the summer of 2008, Richburg took the reigns as the head relay coach for the USA Track and Field Olympic team in Beijing, China. The USA relay team brought home a pair of gold medals in the women's and men's 4x400-meter relay.
Outside of national coaching positions, Richburg also spent 16 years as head track and field coach for the University of Washington where he bolstered the cross country and track and field programs into one of the elite programs in the nation.
The NM State track and field team recently concluded its indoor season with a third place finish in the Western Athletic Conference, the highest finish ever in school history. The track and field team will not compete again until the start of the outdoor season on Friday, March 16.
Richburg said his participation with the USA national team will have no effect with his work as head track and field coach for NM State.
"Working with the U.S. does not interfere with anything we are still doing here at New Mexico State," Richburg said.
The World Indoor Championships will begin Friday, March 9, with sprints and middle distance events. Hurdles, jumps, and relay events are scheduled for Saturday, March 10. The event will conclude Sunday, March 11, with more hurdles, jumps, relays and long distance events.