June 8, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Larry Judge, who for the past threeseasons has directed Wyoming's men's and women's track and field and crosscountry programs, has resigned to pursue other coaching opportunities,Athletics Director Lee Moon announced on Thursday.
Moon said that a search for Judge's replacement would beginimmediately.
"We appreciate everything Larry has done for the track program,"Moon said, "and we respect his desire to take the program beyond thelimitations of our budget. "Our goal in track must be to accomplish as muchas possible within the budgetary guidelines established for the program. Wewish we could do more from a financial standpoint but we certainlyunderstand Larry's desire to be the very best. We thank him for thesuccess and national exposure he has brought to the Wyoming track program,and we wish him well."
Judge, 36, brought national acclaim to the Wyoming track programespecially in the throwing events. During his three years at Wyoming, hecoached 24 All-Americans. During the 1999-2000 Indoor/Outdoor seasons, bothmen's and women's programs were among the Top 25 at the NCAA Championships.In conference competition the men finished second at the indoor meet and thewomen fifth. Both teams finished third in this years's MWC OutdoorChampionships. Six of his student-athletes at Wyoming hold nationalrecords, and five are Olympic hopefuls.
"I'm really proud of my accomplishments at the University ofWyoming," Judge said. "The program has progressed immensely in the lastthree years. We have gone from the bottom of the conference to the top 25nationally. The program has provided the University with nationalvisibility. I have enjoyed my experience at Wyoming, as we haveaccomplished many of the goals that I set when I came here. But I feel likeI have taken the program as far as I can. I think track and field atWyoming is in a great position for continued success.
Prior to coaching at Wyoming, Judge produced outstanding successduring his five years as an assistant coach at the University of SouthCarolina. He was an assistant coach at Indiana State before coaching atSouth Carolina. A native of Merriville, Ind., Judge was a standoutperformer at Indiana State University, setting the school shot put record,and qualifying for the NCAA's.