Feb. 3, 2012
By Chris Feller
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Former Colorado State track and field coach Jerry Quiller, the father of current Colorado State volunteer assistant Rory Quiller, has passed away after fighting a battle against multiple myeloma.
Quiller started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at CSU and became an assistant with Colorado in 1970, holding that position for four years. In 1974 he took over the reins as a head coach at Wayne (Mich.) State. After two seasons he came back to CSU (1976-80) before heading to Idaho State (1980-85). Quiller then took over the program at CU in 1985. In 1995 he landed his final coaching post at Army (1995-2008).
Quiller, a Fort Collins native, lettered in cross country, track and field and baseball at Fort Collins High School. He was a member of the Colorado State track and field team, graduating in 1964 with a degree in physical science. He earned his master’s in education in 1966, also from CSU. He was born on April 28, 1942, in Denver. He and his wife, Sandy, had three sons, Ryan, Rory and Robb, who were all pole vaulters.
Rory is following in his father’s footsteps, in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Rams.
Quiller left a legacy at CSU and across the Front Range. He was respected by many, everywhere he went. Gary Ozzello, CSU’s senior associate A.D. for external operations, is one of those individuals.
“I had the chance to know Jerry during his time at CSU and in his years since CSU,” Ozzello said. “He was very passionate about track and field and about his life and his family. I have nothing but great memories in all that Jerry did and every person he touched during his life.”
Quiller touched many lives in his nearly 40-year coaching career.
An assistant coach for the 2000 Olympic team, which competed in Sydney, Australia, he also was the U.S. men’s team coach at the 1981 world cross country championships, as well as the women’s team coach at the same meet in 1994. Quiller also served as the distance coach for the U.S. team at the 1987 track and field world championships.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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