Dr. Ken Foreman
Seattle Pacific University, 1980 US Olympic Team Coach, 1983 US World
Hall of Fame Class of 2010
Being nominated and admitted into any Hall of Fame is an honor that only a select few have the privilege of enjoying. To be recognized on a national level is even more special. Dr. Ken Foreman is one of the select few that has been honored nationally by his induction into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. It is only deserving that he be honored in the state where he built his success. Coach Foreman is recognized as the founder of the Seattle Pacific track and field program. He is credited with building the program from nothing. His career is one of great success. The respect and admiration held by his colleagues and former athletes is probably the greatest indicator of his success. It’s by no surprise that he is a charter member of the Falcon Legends Hall of Fame. By all accounts, Coach Foreman is one of the true innovators in the sport, a cornerstone in the foundation of track and field in Washington State.
Coach Foreman served as the head coach at Seattle Pacific University during three different periods 1950 to 1957, 1965 to 1978 and from 1985 to 1999. Coach Foreman also founded the Falcon Track Club in 1955 serving as the squad’s coach until 1977. In 1972, Coach Foreman’s Falcon Track Club squad captured the AAU cross country title. He became well known for coaching Doris Brown Heritage, a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, who was a five time World Cross Country women’s champion between 1967 and 1971. In 1977, Coach Foreman founded the Sports West Track Club serving as its director until 1998. During his career, athletes he worked with won fourteen AAU titles and one AIAW title. In recognition of his coaching, Coach Foreman served as the U.S. World Cross Country Team Coach in 1967, 1970 and 1973. He was named as the U.S. women’s head coach for the 1980 Olympic Team and he served as the Team USA head coach at the 1983 World Outdoor Championships. During his coaching career, Coach Foreman worked with a number of Olympic athletes. Some of the Olympians he coached were Kelly Blair-LeBounty, Lorna Griffin, Pam Spencer and Sherron Walker. Between 1968 and 1974, Coach Foreman served as the AAU Women’s LDR Chairman. In 1978, he was the recipient of the AAU/USATF Joseph Robichaux Women’s Track and Field Award.
On December 5, 2009, Coach Foreman was inducted into the USATF Hall of Fame. His induction took place at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which is held in conjunction with USATF’s 2009 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Coach Foreman was joined in the 2009 class by Andre Phillips, Joetta Clark Diggs, Randy Williams and Willie Steele. Noted especially for his contribution to women’s track and field, Coach Foreman’s induction is a testament to his commitment to the sport and his legacy left in the hearts and minds of his former athletes. His induction into the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame recognizes the important contributions he made to the sport during his coaching career. His enthusiasm for the sport of track and field and his love for coaching has made Falcon track and field a special experience for generations of SPU student-athletes. His induction into the Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame is a testament to his numerous contributions to the sport in Washington State.