Waymond F. Griggs (2010)
Camden HS ’54 and Abilene Christian University ’59
Former Abilene Christian coach Oliver Jackson, a member of the USATF Coaches Association Hall of Fame, usually assigned Griggs to open each relay event because of his quick starting ability with anchor duties going to Bobby Morrow, triple gold medal winner in the 1956 Olympic Games.
Jackson said the 5-10, 146 pound Griggs was one of the most consistent and fastest-starting runners he ever coached. Member of the Wildcat teams that won the 1955 NAIA Division I national championship and 1956 Gulf Coast Conference title, later was a successful high school track and field coach at Midland, TX, Kermit, TX, and Permian High School in Odessa, TX.
His Permian teams at Odessa (Class 5A) have been district champions 14 years and runner-up another seven years. They were regional runner-up three years, regional winners four years and a state runner-up in 1984 and state champions in 1993.
Waymond served for eight years as the men’s West Texas selection chairman for the Great Southwest Classic Track and Field Meet, Phoenix, AZ, and also served on the Advisory Board for the Texas High School Coaches Association. He has written for publication on his success as a sprint coach and has been sought out as a clinic speaker in several states.
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