Lloyd C. Winter, better known as “Bud” (June 8, 1909-December 6, 1985) was the USATF (then called TAC) Hall of Fame Track Coach. He was regarded as one of the greatest sprint coaches in the world. Over a 39-year coaching career (1941-1970) at the then San Jose State College, he produced 102 All-Americans, 27 who went on to become Olympians. Included in the list of successes were Olympic Gold Medalists Lee Evans, Tommie Smith and Ronnie Ray Smith. All the aforementioned also became World Record Holders, Evans’ 1968 record in the 400 meters lasted almost 20 years–the first man to break 44 seconds, Smith’s World Record in the 200 meters lasted over a decade–the first man to officially break 20 seconds. Winter also coached Christos Papanikolaou of Greece, who was the first man to clear 18 feet in the pole vault. As a team, San Jose State won the 1969 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Div I Track Championships, his teams placed in the top 10, fourteen times. Winters served as an assistant coach for the 1960 Olympic team in Tokyo.
The track stadium at San Jose State University was named “Bud” Winter Field. While he was coaching, such was his success, it was known as “Speed City.” Since his departure, to the embarrassment of Winter’s legacy, San Jose State closed down its track program. The stadium has fallen into disrepair. The famed Tartan track, one of the few remaining examples of surface, itself is used as a parking lot for the neighboring Spartan Stadium. The site is now proposed to become a football/soccer stadium.
Winters authored the book “So You Want to be a Sprinter,” still one of the leading works on the subject of sprinting.
Other notable athletes coached by Winter include: John Carlos–the first man to break 20 seconds in the 200 meters (though the record was disallowed because of the “brush” type of spikes he used) and Ray Norton
Bud Winter died of a heart attack in Houston at the age of 76, one day before his induction into the Track and Field Hall of Fame