In a sport often underappreciated and overlooked, Del Hessel has certainly stood out. The coach of CSU track and field decided to resign after 40 years of first-rate coaching. He will finish out the remainder of the outdoor season but the 66-year-old coach has had enough.
His stellar career includes: being the first head coach to lead three different Division-I programs to the NCAA championship meet, producing more than 65 All-American athletes and publishing three books. He has also served as the head coach for the Olympic Sports Festival and was named to the World Cup staff.
The modest coach once claimed that good athletes make good coaches. But when a coach produces such high-caliber athletes on a consistent basis, it's easy to call Hessel a great coach.
But he has not always been known for his coaching. Hessel was an All-American track star at CSU and is currently a member of the Rams Athletic Hall of Fame.
We wish Coach Hessel the best as he finishes up his career and we also thank him for years of hard work and dedication toward the excellence of CSU athletics.