Aug. 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Karen Dennis, Ohio State director of track and field and cross country, announced today the hiring of Joel Brown and Ashley Muffet Duncan as assistant coaches. Brown will work with the Buckeye sprinters and hurdlers, while Muffet Duncan will lead the OSU throwers.
Brown, a three-time All-American for the Buckeyes from 2001-2004, was a volunteer assistant with the Ohio State women’s team for the past nine seasons. He was a member of the Buckeye coaching staff for three Big Ten championships and helped a number of student-athletes to new personal bests, including two-time national champion Christina Manning and All-Americans Letecia Wright and Madison McNary.
A former professional runner for Adidas, Brown has spent nine of the past 11 years ranked among the Top 15 athletes in the world in the 60-meter hurdles. As the U.S. indoor champion in the 60 hurdles in 2005, Brown placed sixth in the event at the 2005 World Championships. He is a two-time U.S. bronze medalist and was a member of a world-record shuttle hurdle relay at the 2008 Penn Relays with Aubrey Herring, David Oliver and Aries Merritt.
Brown was the 2004 NCAA Mideast regional champion in the 110-meter hurdles and a three-time Big Ten champion hurdler for the Buckeyes. He is the Ohio State-record holder in 110-meter hurdles (13.39) and a former record holder in the indoor 60-meter hurdles (7.77).
“Joel Brown has been instrumental in helping the women’s track and field team win three Big Ten titles,” Dennis said. “He will make an immediate impact on our program with his innovative ideas and boundless energy. Our sprinters and hurdlers will benefit greatly from his experiences as a former professional athlete and Buckeye All-American.”
Muffet Duncan, a former All-American and NCAA runner-up at Kentucky, spent the past two seasons as assistant throws coach at Western Kentucky. The 2014 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Southeast Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, Muffet Duncan guided Lady Topper throwers to 10 of the Top 25 throwing marks in WKU history in the indoor and outdoor seasons, including school-record marks in the indoor and outdoor shot put, weight throw and discus. She was instrumental in the development of All-American and seven-time Sun Belt Conference champion Jessica Ramsey, who became the first Lady Topper in school history to qualify for the NCAA outdoor championships in three individual events. On the men’s side, Muffet Duncan guided Travis Gerding to All-Sun Belt Conference honors in the shot put and weight throw.
Prior to her stint at Western Kentucky, Muffet Duncan spent a year coaching throws at Murray State. In her lone season with the Racers, Muffet Duncan coached freshman Tonia Pratt to Ohio Valley Conference titles in the weight and hammer throws and OVC indoor and outdoor Freshman of the Year honors.
A four-time All-American at Kentucky from 2006-2010, Muffet Duncan was an 11-time all-Southeastern Conference selection, an SEC Most Valuable Player and runner-up in the shot put at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships. Muffet Duncan participated in the U.S Olympic trials in 2008 and 2012 and holds Kentucky’s school records in the shot put and discus. She competed unattached in three meets during the 2012-13 season, winning the shot put on two occasions and placing fourth at the 2013 USA Indoor Championships.
“Ashley was extremely impressive in the interview process,” Dennis said. “She set the bar high and brings a great mix of youth and experience to our staff. She will be able to relate well to our student-athletes and we are excited to have her in Columbus.”
Brown and Muffet Duncan join a Buckeye coaching staff that includes associate head coaches Rosalind Joseph (jumps and multi-events) and Brice Allen (distance), and assistant coach Sara Vergote (distance). Dennis, in her first season as director of track and field and cross country and 13th overall at Ohio State, will oversee the Buckeye sprinters and hurdlers.