|Position:||Assistant Coach - Jumps|
Entering his second year as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland, Samyr Laine brings a valuable experience to the program.
As a member of the Harvard University track and field team, which he also captained his senior year, Laine was an All-American in the triple jump and set indoor and outdoor school records, as well as the Ivy League record in the event. Upon graduating from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in government, Laine used a redshirt season to become a member of Texas men's team while pursuing a master's degree in sport management. He spent the entire 2007 outdoor track and field season with the farthest triple jump in the nation.
Since graduating from Texas, Laine obtained his law degree from Georgetown University in 2010 and passed the New York State bar exam. Laine has also become one of the world's best triple jumpers. He has represented Haiti, where his parents were born, in six World Championships, two Pan American Games and one Olympic Games thus far; advancing to the finals of the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Laine has won one gold and one bronze medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games and a silver medal at the inaugural Pan American Sports Festival in 2014. He has been ranked in the top ten in the world the last two seasons (2013 and 2014) and now holds a personal best of 17.39 meters.
At Maryland, Laine's primary focus will be on the horizontal jumps. He spent four years as a volunteer assistant coach at George Mason University where he worked with horizontal jumpers and sprinters. Laine's combination of competition and coaching experience will make him a valuable asset to the Maryland track and field program.