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Beloved WSU coach “Chick” Hislop dies at age 86 after long career

Feb 24, 2023, 8:29 AM

Weber State Athletics has announced the death of Charles "Chick" Hislop, a man that coached track a...

Coach Hislop had a long and varied career with Weber State University, garnering state and national accolades toward the end of his career. (Weber State University)

(Weber State University)

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State Athletics has announced the death of Charles “Chick” Hislop, a man that coached track and field at WSU for nearly 40 years.

The school reports that Hislop was also a track and field coach at Ben Lomond High School, his alma mater, between 1959 and 1969.

He attended Weber Junior College and Utah State University, where he competed in the national track and field championships, taking fifth place.

According to Weber State Athletics, Hislop became the head coach of the university’s track and field program in 1969. He retired in 2006.

(Chick Hislop, left, greets Ron McBride after McBride announced his retirement as the Weber State University football coach at a press conference in Ogden, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. Ravell Call, Deseret News)

The University reported that Hislop was an authority on steeplechase training, and spoke in locations around the world on the topic. 

He helped coach the U.S. men’s track and field team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. And, he was the primary coach of the long-distance runners that year.

Coach Hislop had a long and varied career with Weber State University, garnering state and national accolades along the way.

“Coach Hislop is an extraordinary example of all that is good with Weber State,” said WSU President Dr. Brad Mortensen.

“He leaves behind a legacy of coaching in the Olympics, All-Americans, and conference championships.”

“Our thoughts are with the Hislop family,” said Weber State Director of Athletics Tim Crompton. “Coach Hislop was larger than life… He will be missed, I will miss him. He is a legend.”

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Beloved WSU coach “Chick” Hislop dies at age 86 after long career