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Mamie Rallins Leaves Hampton for Chicago State

June 16, 2002

Hampton, VA - Hampton University Lady Pirates' head coach, Mamie Rallins, has resigned to accept a position as the head women's track and field coach at Chicago State University. Her resignation is effective June 30.

Rallins, a native of Chicago, Illinois, spent five years guiding the Lady Pirates Track and Field programs. Since she assumed the head coaching responsibilities in 1997, she has steered the Lady Pirates to two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships including indoor and outdoor track and field. Rallins also coached two student-athletes who qualified for the 2002 NCAA Track and Field Championships, one of whom earn All-American status in the 400-meter hurdles.

"I am looking forward to going home," said Rallins. "I left 31 years ago to attend college and I feel like I have to pay something back to the community which game me my start."

Rallins, a 1976 graduate of Tennessee State University, served as the 2000 Olympic head manager for the USA women's track team in Sydney, Australia.

Prior to Hampton, Rallins served as the Head Women's track and Field Coach at Ohio State University. During her 18-year tenure at OSU, Rallins coached 60 Big 10 Indoor and Outdoor Track champions, 24 all-Americans, nine Olympic trial qualifiers and one Olympian. In addition to her coaching duties at OSU, Rallins served as the head women's track coach of the 1987 Indoor World Championship, the assistant coach of the 1995 World University Games, and the assistant coach of the 1996 US Olympic Team.

"I have enjoyed my oportunity at Hampton University," said Rallins. "I am glad that I was able to boost the Lady Pirates athletic program to another level within the NCAA Division I."

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