COLUMBUS, Ohio – Victor Houston has been named assistant coach of the Ohio State track & field team, director of track & field Karen Dennis announced on Thursday. Houston, a native of St. Michael, Barbados, has over 23 years of coaching experience and was most recently an assistant at Missouri State.
“We’re all excited to have Victor join our staff and Buckeye Nation,” Dennis said. “As a highly accomplished decathlete, he brings to us a diverse range of skill sets that will benefit our student-athletes. Having previously coached at major Division I programs such as Iowa, Texas Tech and Alabama, he’s able to come in and hit the ground running. Throughout his professional career, Victor has keen insight into the needs of our youth and is able to express his coaching philosophy with enthusiasm and personal experiences. His winning attitude and his energy fits perfectly with the direction we will continue to advance our program.”
As an assistant at Missouri State, Houston worked with jumps, hurdles and assisted with multi events. In just one season, he had a hand in one conference champion, two regional qualifiers, a new school record and six All-MVC finishes.
“It is a blessing and honor to be part of the Ohio State track & field program and the Buckeye family,” Houston said. “I would like to thank Coach Dennis and TJ Shelton for affording the opportunity to help develop these young men and women and contribute to the winning ways of the great program Coach Dennis and her staff have already established here. I only hope I can do it justice to uphold and carry on in its excellence.”
Prior to Missouri State, Houston was an assistant at Alabama A&M from 2015 to 2017, working with vertical jumps and the 110-meter hurdles. Houston also has experience coaching at major Division I programs Texas Tech, Alabama and fellow Big Ten school Iowa and has produced 15 All-Americans, a national champion in the triple jump, seven conference champions and 86 conference meet scorers.
Houston is a four-time All-American and accomplished decathlete, winning the 1996 NCAA decathlon title while competing for Auburn. Houston’s international experience includes competing for Barbados in the decathlon at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., and in the 110 and 400-meter hurdles at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He currently holds the national 400-meter hurdles (49.21) and decathlon (7,777) records.