Monday, April 07, 2014

University HS coach Jim Tracy

Some very sad news passed along by Robin Hauser Reynolds.  University HS coach Jim Tracy passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning after a very courageous battle with ALS.  Jim had an incredible record at UHS including 10 girls state team championships which is a state record. (14 total podium finishes). His boys also placed in the top 3 on seven separate occasions.  His XC teams also accumulated 25 NCS team championships (14 girls and 11 boys) .  He was equally as successful on the track with 8 NCS Class A titles (7 girls and 1 boy) and numerous state individual qualifiers.  He was a true force of nature to his beloved athletes as well as those of us that knew him and will be sorely missed.

The award winning documentary detailing his coaching and battle with ALS is still playing at numerous locations which you can find at this link:

You can also check out my interview with Jim here from the 2009 XC season:

SF Examiner article just posted:
Iconic University High School coach Jim Tracy dies after battle with ALS

From Mitch Stephens and maxpreps:
Jim Tracy leaves lasting legacy after losing his battle with ALS

From today's SF Chronicle:
University High coach Jim Tracy succumbs to ALS

I will pass along his service arrangements for those of you that are interested in attending.  Please feel free to share your remembrances of Jim in the comment section below.


Rob Collins said...

Jim was a very passionate Man. He was a Great Coach, Friend and Mentor. He will be deeply missed. I was very fortunate to get know Jim these last 15 years. Jim will now be watching from above with a watch in his hands, timing and Cheering on his athletes at University. Take Care Jim! You will be deeply Missed! Rob Collins San Lorenzo Valley

Peter Brewer said...

We lost a good one.

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