Inductee Details

Richard Booth

Graduation Year: 1966
Induction Class of 2003
Sports: Football, Basketball, Track
Richard Booth

Booth lettered in football (1962-65), basketball (1963-66), and track (1963-66) in his four years as a Brave.
On the football field, he helped the Braves to a record of 34-4 and two KCAC Championships in 1964 and 1965. Booth was part of the 1965 team that finished the season ranked fifth in the NAIA with a 9-0 record. He is tied for third in the OU record book in single game touchdown receptions with three against College of Emporia (10/9/65) and is tied for fifth in touchdown receptions in a single season (14,1965).

As a member of the men’s basketball team, Booth helped the Braves to a four year record of 40-44. On the track, Booth helped the Braves capture the 1964 KCAC Team Championship. He led the Braves 4x440 Yard Relay team to the 1963 and 1964 KCAC Championship. Booth also earned All-KCAC honors in the 880 Yard Dash in 1963, the 440 Yard Dash in 1964, the 4x100 Yard Relay in 1966 and the 4x440 Yard Relay team in 1965 and 1966.

Booth went on to coach at the University of Arkansas where he served as field-events coach for the Razorbacks from 1978-84 and 1988-2009. During his second stint at Arkansas, the Razorbacks captured 14 NCAA indoor track titles with a string of eight consecutive outdoor championships between 1992 and 1999 and another championship streak from 2003-06.

Booth also coached 11 Olympians at the University of Arkansas. He then went on to coach at the University of Florida, coaching the Gator jumpers. Booth helped the Gators to the national championship at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships. Two of his pupils in the triple jump, Christian Taylor and Will Claye, finished first and second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as the Gators placed third in the team standings. After two years, Booth left for the University of Alabama.

In the summer of 2012, Booth received one of the highest honors in collegiate coaching as he was named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame for a nearly 40-year career that has established him as one of the preeminent jumps coaches in the world. In 2000, Booth was inducted into the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame.

As one of the world's most successful jumps coaches, Booth's career has included 49 NCAA individual champions and 165 All-America performances. He was the 2000 Olympic jumps coach for the United States and in 1999 Booth was the jumps coach for the United States at the World University Games.