UCLA coaching legend Jim Bush regales Striders with stories of yore
Hall of Fame track coach Jim Bush, who tutored dozens of Olympians at UCLA and ended his career at rival USC, riveted attentions Saturday night at an Orange County Persian restaurant вЂ” scene of the latest Southern California Striders awards dinner. The masters track club gave its top honor, the Robert Watanabe Award, to Kathy Bergen, who set about a half-dozen world indoor and outdoor records this season in the sprints and high jump. Bush, 84, told of how he showed pro teams like the MLB Dodgers, NHL Kings, NBA Lakers and NFL Raiders how to improve their speed by running hills and lifting weights. He also described how he kicked Dwight Stones off his Bruin team вЂ” and refused him back despite his being a world record holder (Dwight wanted to compete in only three meets for UCLA: the USC dual, conference meet and NCAA’s, Jim said.)
Kathy wore a lovely floor-length dress in accepting her second Watanabe trophy. Her first was in 2006.