Mediocrity not good enough – Art Venegas will not return to UCLA

Art Venegas, who has served as UCLA’s head men’s track and field coach for the past 10 years, will not return for the 2009-10 school year, it was announced today by Glenn L. Toth, Sr. Associate Athletic Director and sport supervisor for the track and field program.

One of the nation’s premier throws coaches, Venegas led the Bruins to one Pac-10 team championship and two West Region team titles during his decade as the Bruin head coach. In 2009, the Bruins placed fifth at the Pac-10 championships and seventh at the West Regional.

They did not score a point at the NCAA championships last month. His contract expired on June 30.

“We appreciate everything Art has done for the program during his 28 years as both an assistant and head coach,” said Toth. “But we felt a change in leadership was necessary for the program at this time….”

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