Barbara Ferrell

Barbara Ferrell

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Barbara Ferrell
Height 5'3" (159 cm)
Weight 104 lbs (47 kg)
Nationality United States
PR 100m – 11.11 (1968); 200m – 22.87 (1968); LJ – 18-11¼ (5.77) (1972)
Born July 28, 1947 at Hattiesburg, MS
Current Residence Las Vegas, NV
College Los Angeles State '69
Club Los Angeles Mercurettes

Barbara Ann Ferrell-Edmonson (1947-) is an American sprinter who who a gold and a silver medal in the 1968 Summer Olympics and is now the head women's cross country and track coach at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Barbara Ferrell, a student at Los Angeles State and later a member of the Los Angeles Mercurettes, won the 100m at the 1967 Pan American Games and the following year, after winning both sprints at the Olympic Trials, she finished second in the 100m and fourth in the 200m at the Olympics. At the 1972 Summer Olympics, she again reached the 100m final, placing seventh, but was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 200m. Barbara Ferrell equalled the world record of 11.1 for 100m in winning the 1967 AAU and won the 220y in 1969. Indoors, she won the AAU 60y in 1968 and 1969, and the 240y in 1969.

Coaching career

Ferrell-Edmonson became the head boys' and girls' coach at St, Bernard High in Playa Del Rey, Calif., in 1968, and led both teams to the league title.

Ferrell-Edmonson was an elementary teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School district for eight years (1968-76) and continued to compete on an international level for much of her teaching career. In 1977, she moved on to become the United Teachers of Los Angeles union representative. At the same time, she returned to track as a coach for the Beyond Athletics Track Club. In 1982, she stepped up to the college ranks, coaching the sprinters at West Los Angeles Junior College.

When Ferrell-Edmonson came to USC in 1991, she became one of the few female coaches to handle both the men's and women's sprinters at a Division I program. Ferrell-Edmonson took control of the women's team in April of 1992 and led the Trojans to a third-place finish in the Pac-10.

From 1991-99, Ferrell-Edmonson was at the University of Southern California and became USC's women's track and field head coach in 1992. Some of her head coaching highlights at USC include: a fifth-place finish at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, a third-place finish at the 1998 Pacific-10 Conference Championships, a second-place finish at the 1997 Pac-10s, defeating 10-time defending NCAA champion LSU in a dual meet on USC's way to a 14th-place showing at the 1997 NCAAs and the program's first-ever Pac-10 championship in 1996.

304905.jpeg Ferrell-Edmonson came to Las Vegas from California State University, Dominguez Hills where she served as the Director of Community Relations for University Advancement. She started at CSUDH in 1999 as the Director of Development in the same area.

Ferrell-Edmonson came back to USC in 2001 to serve as a volunteer women's track coach and performing that role until serving as head coach of women's cross country and track at UNLV in 2003-7.

In 1975, Ferrell competed in the TV series "Superstars."[1] In 1988, Ferrell was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. She is the wife of former UCLA sprint great Warren Edmonson, the 1972 NCAA 100m champion. The couple has two daughters.

External links


  1. Retrieved 2009-02-19.