July 3, 2009 in Sports

UCLA fires track coach

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – Art Venegas is out as UCLA’s men’s track and field coach after 10 years.

UCLA announced his departure Thursday, one day after his contract had expired.

The Bruins won a Pac-10 team championship and two West Region team titles during Venegas’ tenure. They were fifth in the conference championships and seventh in the regional this season.

“We felt a change in leadership was necessary,” said Glenn Toth, senior associate athletic director.

Venegas declined an offer to stay on as coach of the throwers, Toth said.

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