After contributing to the program for 40 years, 18 spent as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s team, WSU Track and Field Head Coach Rick Sloan will leave WSU at the end of the 2014 outdoor season.
Sloan announced his decision Tuesday, which brings an end to the tenure that saw Cougar track and field athletes amass 106 school records.
"This will be my final year as a head coach at Washington State," Sloan said in a press release. "I’m not done coaching as I feel like I still have more coaching in me but I don’t know what direction that will take me. At this point in time, with my wife Sandy’s illness a couple of years ago, we need to move on with our life and spend some time together."
While at WSU, Sloan coached 42 athletes to NCAA Outdoor All-American honors and 33 athletes to NCAA Indoor All-American honors.
"I speak for all Cougars when I thank Rick for four decades of dedicated service to Washington State," WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos said in a press release. "He has served the university well and will be missed by many. I wish him and Sandy nothing but the best."
For the first time since 2002, WSU will be hosting the 2014 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships in May.
"I like the fact that we have the opportunity to show the rest of the conference what we have, who we are and what we’re capable of doing here," Sloan said in a press release. "The last time we hosted, in 2002, we did show them.”