Penn State’s Beth Alford-Sullivan & Florida’s Mike Holloway Named Head Coaches of US Track and Field Team for 2013 World Outdoor Championships

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February 14, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Beth Alford-Sullivan of Penn State and Mike Holloway of the University of Florida have been tapped to lead Team USA as the women’s and men’s head coaches at the 14th IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Moscow, Russia, August 10-18, 2013, USA Track & Field announced Thursday.

At the most recent World Outdoor Championships in 2011 in Daegu, South Korea, Team USA recorded its second-highest World Outdoor medal total at 25 medals. Team USA maintained its status as the world’s No. 1 track & field team by placing atop the medal count for most medals overall and most golds with 12.

Named as assistant coaches for the women’s staff for Team USA were: Latanya Sheffield(sprints/hurdles); Delethea Quarles (jumps/combined events); Lance Deal (throws) and Juli Benson (distance).

Names as assistant coaches for the men’s staff were: Curtis Frye (sprints/hurdles), Stephen Cooksey (jumps/combined events), Brian Blutreich (throws) and Troy Engle (distance).

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Alford-Sullivan to lead Team USA’s women
As the director and head coach of track & field and cross country at Penn State, Alford-Sullivan has coached 138 NCAA All-Americans and led her athletes to 78 Big Ten individual champions and four NCAA championships. During the 2011-2012 season, she led the Nittany Lions to  eight individual Big Ten Championship titles, two conference relay titles and the women’s team to a 13th place finish in the team standings at the NCAA Cross Country Championships – the best finish from the PSU program in nearly two decades.

Top athletes to developed under Alford-Sullivan include Bridget Franek, Connie Moore, Shana Cox and Casmir Loxam.

No less than 14 conference and regional coach of the year honors have been awarded to Alford-Sullivan in her 14 years of coaching the Nittany Lions. Prior to Penn State, Alford-Sullivan served on the staffs at Stanford, Mankato State University, Southeast Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Alford-Sullivan has served on the Team USA coaching staffs numerous times including the 2004 Olympic Games, 2001 and 2003 World Championships, 2011 Junior Pan American Championships and 2008 NACAC U-23 Championships.

Hollway to lead Team USA’s men
As the head men’s and women’s track & field and cross country coach at Florida, Holloway has coached nearly 500 All-America honors athletes and more than 30 individual NCAA championships. Holloway’s athletes have also found success on the world stage, as he has coached five athletes to a total of 11 Olympic or World Championships medals, seven of which were gold.

The Gator men swept the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championship titles in 2012 and picked up their third-consecutive NCAA Indoor title. On the women’s side, Holloway led the Gators to their second SEC team title in three years and seventh title in program history.

Some of the top athletes coached by Holloway include: Derrick Atkins, John Capel, Kerron Clement, Jeff Demps and Tony McQuay.

Holloway is a four-time recipient of the USTFCCCA’s Men’s Coach of the Year award, having received the honor three times for the indoor season and once for the outdoor season.

No stranger to Team USA staffs, Holloway most recently served as the men’s sprints and hurdles coach at the 2012 Olympic Games. Holloway has also served on the 2007 World Outdoor Championships staff as an assistant coach.

2013 World Championships Coaching Staff
Women’s Staff

Head Coach – Beth Alford-Sullivan
Assistant Coach – Sprints/Hurdels – Latanya Sheffield
Assistant Coach  – Jumps/Combined – Delethea Quarles
Assistant Coach – Throws – Lance Deal
Assistant Coach  – Distance – Juli Benson
Head Manager – Francesca Green

Men’s Staff
Head Coach – Mike Holloway
Assistant Coach  – Sprints/Hurdles – Curtis Frye
Assistant Coach  – Jumps/Combined – Stephen Cooksey
Assistant Coach – Throws – Brian Blutreich
Assistant Coach  – Distance- Troy Engle
Head Manager – Jack Warner

Event Managers
Marsha Horan
Dexter McCloud

Medical Staff
Monique Burton, Team Physician
Amadeus Mason, Team Physician
Ed Elder, Head ATC
Bill Ito, ATC
Phillip Vardiman, ATC
Junko Yazawa, ATC
Nicole Pinnock, ATC
Benny Vaughn, ATC, LMT
Hal Richardson, LMT
Linda Lynch, LMT
Marco Antonio Belizaire, DC
Traci Statler, Psychologist

Additional Team USA staff positions for the Pan Am Junior, World Youth, Pan Am Combined Events Championship and other international championships will be posted to in the coming weeks.

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