Track and Field Coach Egbunike Honored As Part Of Africa Sports Heroes Month

Track and Field Coach Egbunike Honored As Part Of Africa Sports Heroes Month

Pasadena City College men's/women's track and field/cross country head coach Innocent Egbunike was recognized on January 12 part of Africa Sports Heroes Month by African Sports Monthly Magazine.

Egbunike is a former world-class sprinter who won a bronze medal as a member of Nigeria's 4x400 meter relay team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He was captain of Nigeria's 1992 Olympics team and later a head coach of his home country's track and field team at the 2008 Beijing Games and 2012 London Games. In 2008, he also served as personal coach to U.S. Olympic gold medalist Angelo Taylor (400-meter hurdles). 

Egbunike (pronounced Eg-boo-nee-kay) was honored by the United States Olympic Committee with the Order of Ikkos medallion for excellence in coaching in 2008. 

Egbunike's college coaching experience extends to both university and community college. From 1991-1995, he was an assistant coach for sprints/hurdles/jumps at Mt. San Antonio College. He later was an assistant on Boise State University's track and field coaching staff from 2000-2003.

A member of Azusa Pacific University's Hall of Fame (1996), he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the college. He set numerous school records at APU in 1983-84, including a still-standing mark in the 400 meters. He was a silver medalist in the 400 at the 1987 World Championships. In 1991, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame and he was later chosen to APU's Hall of Fame in 1996.