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Track and Field Coach Karen Dennis Announces Retirement After 20 Years at Ohio State

Legendary Ohio State track and field coach Karen Dennis is calling it a career.

Dennis announced her retirement on Monday after 45 years in college coaching, including the last 20 at Ohio State, where she has been the head coach of the women’s team since 2006 and also the head coach of the men’s team since 2014.

“I hope this isn’t too much of a surprise,” Dennis told her team on Monday morning. “I have coached for a long time and there are still things in life I’d like to do. I am truly thankful for this profession, and I want to express my gratitude to the many assistant coaches and support staff that have shared and sweated alongside me on this incredible journey.