Clyde Duncan named Head Coach Emeritus


    The Texas Southern University Athletics Department has announced that TSU Head Men's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Clyde Duncan Sr. has been named Head Coach Emeritus following 20 seasons in which he has led the Texas Southern Track and Field program.

    In his new capacity, Duncan will continue to serve the Men's Cross Country and Track and Field programs while remaining involved in team activities, and serving as a personal mentor to student-athletes.

    "I'm very honored and personally want to thank Dr. Charles McClelland for allowing me to begin this new chapter in my life as Head Coach Emeritus at Texas Southern University," said Duncan. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity. I've been very blessed to have been associated with coaching track and field since 1969. I'm very grateful for all of the student-athletes I've been able to coach and I'm looking forward to the ones that I'll have the chance to mentor in the near future."

    "I can't truly stress how very grateful I am for the leadership that we have at Texas Southern University at all levels. We've had a lot of great moments over the years and I know that Dr. McClelland will bring in the right person to help this program reach even greater heights. I look forward to working with that individual and will give them 110 percent of me and what I've been blessed to learn and experience throughout my career." 

    Duncan was named head coach of the men's and women's track and field team at his Alma Mater in 1995. Prior to his arrival at Texas Southern Duncan was on the pro circuit training world-class runners in his "Prime Time Sports Track and Field Club." He founded and headed the organization for 12 years.

    "Coach Duncan has dedicated much of his professional career towards building the Men's Cross Country and Track and Field programs here at Texas Southern," said TSU Director of Athletics Dr. Charles McClelland. "We can't thank him enough for his tireless efforts over the years and we look forward to having him continue to serve the program as Head Coach Emeritus. He will truly be a great benefit for the next head coach and all of our student-athletes. Coach Duncan has always provided a wealth of positive insight and knowledge along with serving as a personal mentor to TSU student-athletes assisting them with their development both on and off the fields of competition." 

    During the mid to late eighties, Duncan served as the head men and women's track and field coach at Arizona State. Prior to his appointment, he spent three seasons at the University of Washington as the head women's track and field coach and was in charge of sprints for the men's squad.

    Duncan spent five years with the University of Houston (1977-1982). He was responsible for sprinters, relay teams, hurdlers and recruiting. While at UH, Duncan recruited University of Houston Hall of Famer and Olympian Carl Lewis to the Cougar program in 1980.

    He has also held head coaching positions at Grambling State University and at Wiley College earlier in his career. Duncan began his coaching career at Texas Southern in 1969 under former TSU standout head coach Dave Bethany.

    A national search for a permanent Head Men's Cross Country and Track and Field coach will begin immediately.