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Pete Kron, longtime OU assistant track coach, dies at 74

Oklahoma Baptist University assistant track and field coach Pete Kron passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 74.

Prior to his time at OBU, Kron was an assistant for OU’s track program from 1974 to 2001. With the Sooners, Kron coached multiple national champions in the shot put, and multiple All-Americans in discus, high jump, long jump and triple jump.

"Pete Kron has been a blessing to OBU in every way," OBU head coach Ford Mastin said in a release. "His quick wit, calm demeanor, and consistent personality helped the athletes under his care reach their potential. Coach Kron was excellent at knowing how to relate to a variety of athletes."

Kron graduated from OU in 1970 after being an All-Big 8 track athlete in 1967, 1968 and 1969.

Kron retired from OU in 2001, but came out of retirement in 2007 to work with the Bison. He coached the Bison record holders Saleem Fadel, Akela Jones and Kim Maley. 

“His athletes made steady improvement and enjoyed the time they spent with him,” Mastin said. “The athletes that were not directly coached by him were drawn to his clever one-liners and easygoing nature, but they respected his great knowledge of the sport of track and field."

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