Remembering “Timmie”

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

Legendary KU track and field coach, Bob Timmons, d’50, g’50, died August 4 at age 91. Timmons, affectionately known as “Timmie,” might be most famous for coaching Jim Ryun, the first high school boy to run under four minutes for mile, before the duo came to the University of Kansas, where Ryun set World Records and Timmons coached for 22 years. In addition to Ryun, Timmie’s athletes achieved remarkable success for KU. To date, Timmie has won more national championships than any coach in KU history. His coaching career at Kansas produced:

4 NCAA Championships
7 Olympians
16 World Record holders
31 Conference Championships
24 NCAA Champions
77 All-Americans

Later in his career, Timmie purchased land north of Lawrence where he created Rim Rock Farm, one of the most challenging–and beautiful–cross country courses in the country.

Former athletes paid tribute to their beloved coach when news of his passing spread. Comments and articles have been gathered here in memory Coach Bob “Timmie” Timmons.

Obituary for Robert Leroy Timmons, 1924-2015 (
Former KU Track Coach Bob Timmons Passes Away (
Bob Timmons, 91, a Demanding Coach Who Developed a Star Runner, Is Dead (New York Times)
Timmons recalled warmly by friends (
Memoir reveals trials of a KU runner, by Timothy Tays (
Timmie, by John Rinkenbaugh (Rink’s Ramblings)

A public memorial service is being planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in his name to the Williams Education Fund – Track and Field, Mustard Seed Church or the American Red Cross and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

–David Johnston

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