Barbara Ferrell

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Barbara Ferrell
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BornJuly 28, 1947 (1947-07-28) (age 72)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.

Barbara Ann Ferrell (-Edmonson) (born July 28, 1947 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is an American former track and field athlete, who competed mainly in the 100-meter dash.

She competed for the United States at the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City, Mexico in the 100 metres where she finished second to team mate and 1964 Gold Medalist Wyomia Tyus. She finished fourth in the 200 metres final. The two then joined together with fellow Americans Margaret Bailes and Mildrette Netter to take the gold medal in the 4 × 100 m relay.

In Munich in 1972, Barbara finished 7th in the 100 metres final, and was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 200 metres.

She is married to former UCLA football and professional track great Warren Edmonson. While competing for St. Bernard High School, her daughters Malika and Miya were a key component of the school's National record setting 4 × 100 metres relay team. Their record set in 1997 lasted for 7 years.

Ferrell served as track coach at California State University, Dominguez Hills and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.[1] Also known as Coach E, Ferrell is a thoroughly enthusiastic and inspirational head coach. Not only is she a leader, better yet she is a role model. Ferrell has retired as the head track coach at San Marino High School and passed the position onto her former pupil Jeff Williams.


  1. ^ "2018-19 Women's Track & Field Roster". University of Nevada Las Vegas Athletics. Retrieved May 15, 2019.