Jack St. Clair, who coached the men’s cross country and track and field teams, died last Wednesday of an illness he had battled for a long time. He was 80.
St. Clair, nicknamed “The Saint,” compiled a 104-32-1 record coaching track and field at Temple from 1967-1983. He guided Temple’s 1979 one-mile relay team to the NCAA finals.
St. Claire also spent 20 seasons coaching the men’s cross country team.
He served as president of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes in America Track and Field Association, and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1979. Prior to coming North Broad Street, St. Claire coached the track and cross country teams at Cardinal Dougherty High, in Philadelphia.
As the captain of Penn State’s 1950 cross country team, St. Claire led the Nittany Lions to the national championship.
He is survived by his wife Jean, 11 children, 31 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.