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Indiana track and field head coach Ron Helmer announces plan to retire after 2022-23 season

<p>Track and field head coach Ron Helmer speaks during an interview Feb. 7, 2019, in Gladstein Fieldhouse. Helmer has coached at IU for 15 years.</p>

Track and field head coach Ron Helmer speaks during an interview Feb. 7, 2019, in Gladstein Fieldhouse. Helmer has coached at IU for 15 years.

Indiana track and field head coach Ron Helmer announced his plans to retire at the conclusion of his contract, which expires after the 2022-23 season, per a release from IU Athletics.

Helmer, who is a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, has been a cornerstone of the track and field community for decades and was inducted into the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019. IU’s Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Dolson noted the significant effect Helmer has had in his 15 years with the program. 

“Ron Helmer has left an indelible mark on our track and field and cross country programs,” Dolson said. “I appreciate everything that Ron and the Helmer family have given to Indiana University, and I'm happy for our student-athletes who still have one and a half years to learn from him."

While at IU, Helmer has coached 52 Big Ten Champions in cross country and track and field, six NCAA Champions and 10 Big Ten Athlete of the Year nominees. IU Athletics will begin working on a succession plan for the program after Helmer’s retirement. 

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