Pedro Vasquez has served as an Emory assistant coach since 1981, working primarily with sprinters and middle-distance runners. He has been honored 21 times as a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA) track & field "Coaching Staff of the Year." During his tenure, the Eagles have won 23 UAA team championships (12 men's and 11 women's).
Vasquez has been a long-time active runner who won the 400-meter dash in the Masters division at the Georgia State Games four consecutive years. His 1994 winning time of 53.57 earned him All-America honors from USA Track & Field and placed him sixth in the nation in the men's 40-44 age division. He also has run the annual Peachtree Road Race (10,000 meters) many times.
He is a nationally certified track official, who worked the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta. Every year since 1996, Vasquez has worked as an official at the annual USA Track & Field Championships, including the 1996, 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. He has served as a board member for the Atlanta Track Club.
Vasquez is a 1982 graduate of Emory where he received his Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry. He completed undergraduate and master's studies at the University of Panama. Currently, he is a chemistry research instructor at Georgia State University.