Bill Dellinger - Oregon22 Heritage Trail Plaque
Address:849 N 10th St
Springfield OR 97401
Bill Dellinger was born in 1934 and graduated from Springfield High School. He trained as a middle distance runner under Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon and was a NCAA winner, All-American and Pacific Coast Conference Champion multiple times. Bill brought home the bronze from the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo for the 5,000 meters. He was a three-time Olympian (1956 Melbourne, 1960 Rome, 1964 Tokyo). After college he served in the Air Force, later coached at Thurston High School, then at Lane Community College, and eventually joined the University of Oregon as head coach for cross country in 1969. This was the first year that Steve Prefontaine ran. Bill later replaced Bowerman as head coach for Track and Field, and oversaw the development of Steve Prefontaine, Rudy Chapa, Matt Centrowitz and Bill McChesney. In the 1980s and early '90s, he worked with Adidas to develop the “Dellinger Web” which was used to cushion the soles of running shoes. Bill retired in 1998 and lives in the Eugene-Springfield area with his wife. An Oregon22 Heritage Trail plaque honoring him has been placed at Springfield High School. Bill is listed in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame. In honor of the first World Athletics Championships in the United States, the Oregon22 Heritage Trail celebrates 22 of Oregon’s iconic track and field stars with commemorative plaques developed by the Museum of World Athletics (MOWA). The plaques are located in the athletes’ hometowns or at locations meaningful to the athletes. Oregon22 Heritage Trail plaque eligibility was based on four criteria: achieving global medal status, no doping violations or connection to doping, retired from professional competition, and a resident connection to Oregon before or beyond college competition. The eight women and 14 men selected to be part of the Oregon22 Heritage Trail have combined for nine Olympic gold medals, four Olympic silver medals, eight Olympic bronze medals and numerous indoor and outdoor World Athletics Championships medals. Goodwill Games medalists and World Cross Country Championships medalists are also being honored.