Former LSU Coach Billy Maxwell in 2015 HOF Class

Billy Maxwell was LSU's head coach from 1983-87.
Billy Maxwell was LSU's head coach from 1983-87.
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BATON ROUGE -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association will soon induct its Coaches Hall of Fame Class of 2015, and former LSU head coach Billy Maxwell is among the six coaches to be honored on Dec. 15 as part of the USTFCCCA National Convention in San Antonio.

Maxwell has coached 28 NCAA Champions and more than 350 All-Americans throughout a distinguished career dating back to 1970 that also includes coaching stints at Tennessee, Texas and most recently Nebraska.

The 1983 season was Maxwell's first in Baton Rouge as the head coach of LSU's men's and women's teams following a 12-year stint as a men's assistant coach at Tennessee.

In five seasons leading the LSU Track & Field program, Maxwell helped kick start an era of dominance by the Lady Tigers while leading them to their first national championship with a win at the 1987 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Lady Tigers nearly took top honors by tying for second place at the NCAA Outdoor meet in 1985, while they also placed third in 1985 and fifth in 1986 at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The Lady Tigers also captured their first SEC title under Maxwell's guidance with their victory at the SEC Indoor Championships in 1985. They would actually sweep SEC Indoor and SEC Outdoor titles in 1985 and 1987 as the SEC's emerging power in the sport.

In his five seasons as LSU's head coach, Maxwell coached the Tigers and Lady Tigers to 189 All-America honors while also winning 26 NCAA event championships.

Maxwell is currently on staff at Nebraska where he serves as the team's sprints and hurdles coach. In his 21 years in Lincoln, Maxwell's athletes have won three NCAA titles, 33 conference titles and 42 All-America honors.

Maxwell is among six inductees into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame Class of 2015 as he joins the likes of Jim Bibbs of Michigan State, Barbara Crousen of McMurry, Bob Lewis of Frostburg State, Don Strametz of Cal State Northridge and Gary Wilson of both Minnesota and Wisconsin-La Crosse.

 

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