Trail Blazer: Tennessee State’s Olympian Coach Mamie Rallins

Credit MEAC/SWAC sports Main St.

TSU Olympian shares her story: Mamie Rallins was first black woman to coach at the Ohio State University.

The first black woman to coach at Ohio State University will share her story of coaching and Olympic prowess with area youth this April.

Mamie Rallins, who now lives in Port Clinton, Ohio will give a motivational speech at a luncheon at noon April 27 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Genoa.

Rallins began running as a teenager living in Chicago. “At the age of 15, I started running track for a track club, because we did not have track and field in the high schools in the ’50s,” she said.

Rallins competed in the Mayor Daley Youth Foundation Track Club, and placed second in the 80-meter hurdles during the 1967 Pan American Games. She went to the Olympics in Mexico City the next year.



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