Book Signing with Craig Darch, Author of From Brooklyn to the Olympics: The Hall of Fame Career of Auburn University Track Coach Mel Rosen
Join us as we welcome author Craig Darch discusses his book, From Brooklyn to the Olympics, whichfollows Mel Rosen from the streets of Brooklyn during the 1930s–’40s to his selection as head coach for United States track and field for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. The book describes how a Jewish kid from Brighton Beach, New York, followed his dream to become the head track and field coach at Auburn University for twenty-eight years. Rosen coached seven Olympians and 143 All-Americans and guided Auburn’s track and field team to four consecutive SEC Conference indoor championships. The book details Rosen’s coaching career during the turbulent era of the 1950s and ’60s. Lively vignettes highlight Auburn sports history, Alabama history, Jews in the South, and the Olympics. A book signing will follow; books will be available for purchase. Program in the large auditorium.