ED LEVY was a well-reputed teacher and administrator in the New York City School system for 40 years. Outside that domain, he dedicated his life to the sport of Track & Field.
Unable to run due to a childhood illness, he devoted his life to coaching and enabling other athletes to succeed. He first became involved at age 16 helping Coach Joe Yancey at the New York Pioneers Club. Starting out as a manager, he became the assistant coach and upon Mr.Yancey’s death in 1991, he became the head coach until he deceased in 2001.
When he was not coaching, Ed was an active official. He served in many capacities, but notably, he was a Starter at many events – the USA Nationals, the Olympic Invitational, and many events in the NACAC region including NACAC championships, Carifta Games, and other events in Barbados, Cayman, Grenada, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. In 1991 at the USA Championships at Randall’s Island in New York City he was Associate Chief Starter. Mr. Levy also had the honor of being selected to officiate at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Ed Levy had the great experience of being the Manager of several USA teams including the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and at the 1997 World Championships in Athens. He also served the sport locally as a member of the board of the Armory Track and Field Center that he helped to develop. In 1999 he was recognized by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for his service to the youth of the city.
As prodigious as his contributions to Track & Field were, Coach Ed Levy was also known for his always pleasant calm demeanor and his easy and generous smile to everyone he encountered.
Sadly we lost Ed over 20 years ago….. so today we will posthumously induct him into the Hall of Fame.