Bill Terriquez

Class of 1970: Track & Field and Football

Men's Athletic Director
Cross-Country, Track & Field, Alpine Ski Coach

Bill Terriquez contributed to Carleton College as an athlete, administrator, and coach. He starred on the track, running on the 1969 Midwest Conference outdoor track and field championship team and setting then school-record times in both the 400-meter and 800-meter relays. More than 40 years later, his 800-meter relay time of 1:28.2 still stands as the second-fastest in school history. Off the track, Terriquez played on the football team, starting at running back in ’68 and ’69.

Terriquez’s largest contributions to Carleton athletics came later, however in his roles as a teacher, coach and administrator. He served as men’s athletic director from 1984 to 1989 and guided four programs during his 22-year coaching career—athletes during his tenure earned more than 60 All-American citations.

As coach of the cross-country and both the men’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams, he guided all three programs to at least one national top-10 finish, and his teams broke nearly every school record. As cross-country coach from 1984 to 2006, he steered his team to MIAC titles in 1994, 1995, and 2002; one regional crown; and seven top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships. His indoor and outdoor track and field teams achieved a trio of national top-10 finishes during his time as coach from 1984-2004. Terriquez received regional coach of the year honors in both 1993 and 1994 and was MIAC Coach of the Year in 2002. He garnered MIAC Track and Field Coach of the Year honors in 1996 and served as the chair of the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee from 1990-96.

Further demonstrating the depth of his athletic knowledge, Terriquez also served as co-coach of Carleton’s men’s and women’s alpine ski teams from 1997 to 2002.