Mel Rosen was born March 24, 1928. Coached for 37 seasons in the track program at Auburn, 27 as the Head Coach, coaching both men and women. From 1977 through 1980, his teams won 4 straight SEC Indoor titles and the 1979 team won the Outdoor SEC Championship, also and finished third in the NCAA meet. He has coached 11 Olympians, 162 All-Americans and 134 SEC Champions. He has been named SEC and NCAA Coach of the Year three times. He has coached in several national and international events. In 1987 he was the U.S. Head Coach for the World's Championship and in 1992 he was the Head Coach for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team. He is retired and lives in Auburn.