George Dekan, Legendary Track Coach, Dead at 93

Photo/Illinois Track and Cross Country Association
Photo/Illinois Track and Cross Country Association
George Dekan, a Wheaton native and the former track coach at Glenbard High School, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was 93. 

According to the Illinois Track and Cross Country Association, of which Dekan is a Hall of Fame member, the Wheaton High School graduate founded Dekan Athletic and was the head track and field coach at Glenbard High School.

While a coach, Dekan invented an alternative to the standard stopwatch, according to the Tribune: "The 1/100 second Athletic Performance Analyzer, which he designed for use at track meets. It was eventually bought and used by some NFL teams, including the Cowboys and Bengals, family members said." 

Services for Mr. Dekan were already held. Read his full obituary on the Chicago Tribune website


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