COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Andrew Valmon of the Maryland track and field program introduced Travis Coleman as the program’s new throws coach starting this season. Coleman comes to Maryland after serving as the assistant coach for throws, vertical jumps and combined events at Marshall University in Huntington, W.V.
“I am excited to bring Travis on board to help continue the tradition of prominent throwers at Maryland,” said Valmon. “His energy and passion for these events will help continue our momentum in the Big Ten.”
During his three seasons with the Thundering Herd, Coleman elevated the throwing program to new heights, producing two NCAA first round qualifiers, three All-Conference USA performers, while setting eight new school records in the throwing events.
Coleman also served as Marshall’s director of operations during his tenure, coordinating team travel, managing equipment orders and stock, writing and supervising weight training, overseeing academic progress, recruiting potential student athletes and directing all training. Coleman also held a role organizing and running home meets, camps and fundraising operations.
“I want to thank Coach Valmon, Coach Siebert and the entire staff for the opportunity to join the Maryland family,” said Coleman. “I’m excited to get the chance to takeover a prestigious throws program and continue to build on the great tradition here. I’m looking forward to taking things to the next level and continuing to develop a competitive group in the Big Ten.”
Before his time at Marshall, Coleman served two years as an assistant at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Coleman's time at Georgia State saw a dramatic change in the field events as he produced a USATF Junior National Qualifier, NCAA First Round Qualifier, and saw thirteen school records fall, all while on the way to a runner up finish at the SunBelt Conference Championship.
Coleman is a graduate of Winthrop University where he spent four years throwing for the Eagles before joining the staff as graduate assistant coach. During his time at Winthrop, Coleman accumulated two NCAA First Round appearances, seven All Big South Conference awards, and a Conference Championship in the shot put. After completing his eligibility Coleman aided with the operations of the team as well as helped coach the throws and jumps as he completed his Masters in Counseling and Development.