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Olympic Gold Medalist Maurice Greene to Serve as Coach for MOH Bowl


Executive director Brian Woods has announced that Maurice Greene, who captured four Olympic medals and was a five-time World Champion from 1997-04, will serve as the strength and conditioning coach for both the American and National teams in the Inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl.

Greene is a retired track and field sprinter who specialized in the 100-meters and 200 meters. He is a former 100-meters world record holder with a time of 9.79 seconds.

His resume includes three gold medals at the 1999 World Championships, a feat which had previously only been done by Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson and has since been equaled by three others.

"We are very excited to have Maurice Greene, a former Olympic Gold medalist, as the strength and conditioning coach for both teams," said Executive Director Brian Woods.  "He is a professional in every fashion."

Set for 2 pm on Saturday, January 11 at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium, the Medal of Honor Bowl is a premier all-star game featuring the nation's top draft-eligible college football players as projected for the NFL draft. The game honors the Medal of Honor recipients and the game's beneficiaries, the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Woods also announced that Cam Turner, who completed his first season guiding the quarterbacks and wide receivers at Florida International, will return to Charleston and Johnson Hagood Stadium where he played quarterback and wide receiver for The Citadel from 2006-09. 

Turner will be a member of the American Team that is guided by Ralph Friedgen and will guide the wide receivers.  Turner spent two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings as the assistant to head coach Leslie Frazier prior to joining FIU. 

Turner, who suffered injuries that forced him to stop playing, and later served as a student assistant to former Bulldogs coach Kevin Higgins.

Greene's career was affected by a number of injuries from 2001 onwards, although he won the 100-meters bronze and silver in the sprint relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Greene was also successful indoors as he was the 1999 Indoor World Champion and remains the world record holder in the 60-meter dash and the joint-fastest man over 50-meters. He raced sparingly after an injury in 2005 and officially retired in 2008. Over his career, he made the second most sub-10 second runs (51) in the 100-meters that have since been surpassed by Asafa Powell. 

Following his track career he has become an ambassador for the IAAF and a TV personality, appearing on "Identity", "Blind Date" and "Dancing with the Stars."  Most recently he was hired as a track coach at UCLA.

He is a native of Kansas City, Kan., and attended the University of Kansas on a track scholarship. 

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