Victor Houston

Victor Houston - Men's Track & Field - Ohio State Buckeyes

position Assistant Coach- Jumps/Multi-Events

Position Assistant Coach

Alma Mater Auburn

Experience 25 Years

Phone: (614)371-6037

Victor Houston is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Ohio State track and field program, having joined coach Karen Dennis’ staff in August 2018.

Houston has coached Buckeye jumpers and multi-event student-athletes to two Big Ten championships: Taylor DeLoach won the 2019 outdoor long jump crown and Emma Nwofor was the Big Ten champion in the 2020 60-meter hurdles while also taking runner-up honors in the indoor high jump and placing third in the heptathlon. Nwofor has also broken Ohio State school records in the heptathlon and pentathlon. Additionally, Clarence Foote-Talley has been the Big Ten’s triple jump runner-up twice and the long jump runner-up as well. Talley and Nwofor have earned All-America honors.

Houston, a native of St. Michael, Barbados, has over 25 years of coaching experience and was most recently an assistant at Missouri State. 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.

Head Coach Karen Dennis has described him 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.”

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.