Bob Teel
Bob Teel

Event:
Football/ Track & Field/ Coach

Hall of Fame Class:
1995



A native of Webb City, Mo., Teel was a two sport star at MU from 1946-49. In football, he led the Big Six Conference in punting in 1946. On the track, Teel was the conference indoor and outdoor long jump champion in 1948. He jumped 25-feet, one-and-a-quarter inches that year (ranked sixth in the world) to set a school record that stood for 22 years, and qualified him for the U.S. Olympic trials. As MU's head track coach, Teel coached 42 all-Americans, including three individual national champions and one relay titleist, and was a prominent figure in the U.S. Olympic development program, coaching on the national and international levels. He was the NCAA Indoor Coach of the Year in 1983, and served terms as president of the NCAA Cross Country Coaches and Track and Field Coaches Associations. He is a member of the Drake Relays Hall of Fame. Teel's 1979 sprint medley relay team set a world's record (3:13.66), and his 1980 shuttle hurdle relay team and his 1985 indoor mile relay team ran the fastest times in the world those years. He also coached seven Olympians, on Olympic alternate and an American record holder (Ben Plucknett, discus).

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