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Feb 24 Phyllis Laverne Sweat

Phyllis Laverne Sweat, a native of Norfolk, VA, was the first female President of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in the late 1980’s. Sweat’s ultimate accomplishment in track field came in 1999 when she was selected to be an assistant coach for the United States Track and Field Team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. While coaching at Hampton University and Norfolk State University respectively, she earned the CIAA Track and Field Coach of the Year nine times, was the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1981, was voted NCAA Division II Coach of the Decade in 1991, was selected as Head Coach of the World University Games, Bucharest, Romania 1991, and Head Coach of the Junior Pan American Game, Winnipeg, Canada in 1993.

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