position Assistant Coach- Jumps/Multi-Events
Position Assistant Coach
Alma Mater Auburn
Experience 23 Years
Victor Houston, a native of St. Michael, Barbados, has over 23 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.”
During his first year as Assistant Head Coach for the Buckeyes, Houston was able to coach several athletes to a successful indoor and outdoor season. He is responsible for four athletes qualifying for the Outdoor NCAA Division East Region Preliminaries and two who advanced to the NCAA Track and Field Championship in Austin, TX. Senior DaJuan Seward racked up 14 top-ten finishes in long Jump and triple Jump throughout both seasons. Senior High Jumper Cody Stine had an phenomenal season under the direction of Coach Houston. Stine ended his 2018-19 campaign with 15 top-five finishes, taking home a gold medal three of those top finishes. The jumps specialist also was runner-up at the Outdoor Big Ten Championships, clearing a height of 2.20m, the second highest of any Buckeye. Houston coached junior long jumper Taylor DeLoach to a Big Ten Outdoor Championship, NCAA Division East Prelims and 11 top-ten finishes throughout the 2018-19 seasons. He also worked closely with Mikaela Seibert as she placed top-ten 11 times throughout her first season under the direction of the past Olympian.
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.