Former US track and field president Bill Roe dies at age 69

Former USA Track and Field president Bill Roe has died. He was 69.

The USATF said Roe died Saturday. He served as president of the organization for two terms from 2000-2008, and was a founding member of the organization’s board of directors.

“Bill Roe was a dedicated loyal advocate for and an integral part of our sport,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a statement. “His knowledge and kindness will be missed by everyone he knew in his nearly 50 years of service. Bill Roe is irreplaceable.”

Along with his service to USATF, Roe worked as a coach, meet director and official at various levels of track and field. He was a distance coach at Western Washington University and served as an international team leader or coach nine times in his career.