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An alumni task force recently met with athletic director Kevin Anderson to devise a plan for restructuring the financial markers.

“The more you can keep the program, five years, 10 years when we’re in a new TV contract, and other sports revenue starts coming in, who knows what it’s going to look like,” Valmon said. “Hopefully, the revenue to sustain the program will be there, so we want to continue to meet the markers so that we can keep going.”

Raising future Olympians?

In addition to the athletes he coaches, Valmon jokes that he could be raising some future Olympians right under his roof. Valmon’s wife, Meredith Rainey-Valmon, a former 800-meter runner, also is a two-time Olympian. Rainey-Valmon competed in Barcelona and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. They have three children — Travis, 14, Maya, 9, and Mallory, 6.

“My son thinks he’s a basketball player, but maybe one day he’ll come around,” Valmon said. “We haven’t pushed track on them, but they know that if they decide to run, they have to do it right.”

Travis also competes in the 400-meter hurdles, and Maya plays soccer.

His family will be joining him in Eugene, Ore., for the trials, which run Thursday through July 2, and the Olympics, but Valmon says they understand he’ll have his hands full.

An ideal choice

Valmon is excited about what’s to come at the trials and in London, where track and field events begin Aug. 3.

“You’re going to see some fast times at the trials,” Valmon said. “They’re going to be running for their lives. There are going to be some times there that you might not even see at the Games. It’s a fast track, but it’s also the anxiety.

“You wait all this time for one race, for two races, so people are not going to be holding back saying ‘I’m just going to make the team and save it for the Games.’ It’s all going to be put on the line.”

By early July, Valmon will know the composition of the team he’ll take to London at the end of the month. And those athletes who don’t already know Valmon soon will get a feel for his style. Walton already is confident USA Track and Field made the right call.

“They could not have made a better choice,” said Walton. “[Valmon] understands the administrative side of track and field, dealing with the athletes as people, and he can help with your specific event on the track. It’s very rare to find a coach who has all three of those things, and he’s exceptional at all of them.”