Josh Culbreath

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Josh Culbreath
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Photo credit: Wandoo Makurdi, 2008.
Culbreath (center) with Gen. James T. Conway (left) and SgtMaj Carlton Kent (left) accepts his induction into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.
Personal information
Full name Joshua Culbreath
Nationality American
Born (1932-09-14) September 14, 1932 (age 85)
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Country  United States
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 400m hurdles
Team Morgan State College (1952-1955)
United States Marine Corps (1956-1958)

Joshua "Josh" Culbreath (born September 14, 1932) is an American former athlete who competed mainly in the 400 meter hurdles—the national outdoor champion from 1953 to 1955; three-time winner of the event in the Penn Relays in the same years, and Olympic bronze medal winner in 1956, while he was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps; and world record holder in 1957. Culbreath was inducted into the United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.[1]


Joshua Culbreath was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 14, 1932.[2] Culbreath began running the hurdles in high school and 1951 was ranked second in the U.S. in the 200 yard low hurdles and was the Pennsylvania's state high school champion in that event.[3]

Culbreath graduated from Morgan State College in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science,[3] where he was the USA Outdoor champion in the 400m hurdles for three consecutive years—1953, 1954, and 1955.[4] He was also a three-time winner of the event in the Penn Relays during the same years, the last time this has been accomplished.[5] Culbreath later received a Master of Arts degree in Education from Temple University.[3]

He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958. During his time in the Marine Corps, he competed for the United States in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia in the 400 metre hurdles where he won the bronze medal.[6] He also won several military and NATO track and field medals. He set the world records in the hurdles in 1956 and 1957[7]—in the 300 yard Oval Grass Track, set in Bendigo, Australia in 1956 and in the 440 yard hurdles, set in Oslo, Norway in 1957.[3][8]

In 1988,[7] Culbreath became the track and field coach at Central State University in Ohio, where he coached his team to 10 NAIA championships.[6][7] Four of his athletes competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, including the 400m hurdles gold medalist, Deon Hemmings.[7] His son, Jahan Culbreath, also an All-American 400m hurdler, is now the coach at Central State.[7]

After his time coaching at Central State, he became the athletic director at Morehouse College in Atlanta.[7]

Culbreath also was a regular in Las Vegas on Fox Sports radio with partners Houston Astros former farmhand turned former Arleta High School (CA) head coach, turned CBS Sportscaster Rich Perez (see family tie below) and Minnesota Vikings Joey Browner from 2002-2005 while all three represented CMX Sports and Entertainment.

He made two guest appearances on The Cosby Show, playing the character Colonel Sanford B. "Tailwind" Turner, Cliff Huxtable's college track rival.[9][10]

Culbreath now resides back in Norristown, PA and is still very instrumental in the lives of athletes, his latest protégée is former NCAA Gymnast Risa Perez of Oregon State a transfer from Arizona State Gymnastics who Culbreath has assisted in guiding the young Gymnastics star since her childhood in Las Vegas. Culbreath also assisted and mentored her late brother late US Marine LCpl Richard A. Perez Jr. (1985-2005) who was lost in accidental tragic circumstance in Iraq. Culbreath also appears from time to time on CBS Sports Radio with their father host Rich Perez in Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. Culbreath has since returned to Norristown, PA where he was born and raised. Culbreath has been a model of health throughout his life but has had a nagging ankle screw (Placed in Las Vegas) developed issue of Gangreen he has dealt with the since 2012, so now back in Pennsylvania it is this that has had limited his mobility in healing, and has not been able to make his normal track and field public appearances.

See also[edit]

  • Edwin Moses, 1976 & 1984 American 400m hurdles Olympic gold medalist


  1. ^ Hon. Joe Sestak (Pennsylvania) (July 14, 2008). "Dr. Joshua Culbreath". Congressional Record. Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  2. ^ "Josh Culbreath". Retrieved May 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Joshua "Josh" Culbreath - Induction - March - 2002". Hall of Fame. Bob Hayes Invitational Track & Field Meet. Archived from the original on January 6, 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  4. ^ "USA Outdoor Track & Field Champions". USA Track & Field, Inc. Archived from the original on June 13, 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Timeline at the Penns". Penn Relays. Archived from the original on April 28, 2008. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Mitchell, Bryan (July 23, 2008). "4 inducted into Marine sports Hall of Fame". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Marshall, Kenneth (June 4, 1999). "In Dad's footsteps: Former ACU all-American rebuilding Central St. track program father built". Abilene Reporter News. Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  8. ^ "These Faces In The Crowd..." Sports Illustrated. August 19, 1957. Retrieved May 10, 2009. Josh Culbreath, former Morgan State College star from Norris-town, Pa., now member of peripatetic U.S. track squad, scissored over 440-yard hurdles in breathless 50.5 at Oslo's Bislet Stadium to chop 8/10 of second off listed world record (August 9). 
  9. ^ "TV & Movies: Josh Culbreath". New York Times. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  10. ^ Joshua Culbreath on IMDb

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