GSU’s Lovell announces retirement

Grambling State University Legendary Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach Bertram Lovell announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring at the end of the season.   

Lovell, who was recently inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Hall of Fame, is one of the most decorated coaches in the country.  

“We want to take this time to recognize and honor Coach Bertram Lovell for his dedication and contributions to his alma mater, Grambling State University Athletics and the track & field program,” Grambling State VP for Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. Trayvean Scott, said. “Coach Lovell has been one of the longest serving and most respected coaches in our conference, across this country and across the world. We need to continue to celebrate his success and what he has done for the sport of track & field. We wish him well this season and in his retirement.”  

Lovell, who graduated from Grambling State in 1977, collected 36 conference titles along with 36 Coach of the Year awards and sent several student athletes to the NCAA championships during his tenure. 
 He was an All-American, All-SWAC selection as a student-athlete.

Lovell, also was a former Olympian and a member of the Trinidad and Tobago 4×100-meter relay team during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. In addition, he earned a bronze medal for his participation in the Central American Caribbean Games, hosted in Venezuela.  

“The past 30-plus years have been very rewarding. I’ve enjoyed working for my alma mater and being instrumental in changing the lives for the better of many young men and women whom have attended Grambling State University,” Lovell said.  “I want to thank Fredrick Hobdy, Coach Eddie Robinson Sr., Coach Wilbert Ellis and all the Athletic Directors and Presidents, especially Dr. Steve Favors for the opportunity.

“I appreciate the opportunities for growth that Grambling has provided me. Several of my children attended and graduated from Grambling State University. My youngest son is going to attend Grambling State in the Fall of 2022 to continue in my footsteps as a member of the track and field program.  

“Grambling State gave my family something that they also gave to me, a chance to be who they are today. I would like to thank Grambling State and the Lincoln Parish community.  It is always special and is a place Where Everybody is Somebody. This is not the end of the book, but just a new chapter. I look forward to following and continuing to contribute to all Grambling State University athletic programs and will continue to support Grambling State University. I’ll always love and fight for Dear Ole Grambling.”   

A national search to replace Lovell will begin immediately. 

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