COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field program and Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Karen Dennis announced the addition of Travis Coleman to the coaching staff on Tuesday. Coleman will serve as the assistant coach for throwing events.
“We’re excited to have Travis join our coaching staff,” said Dennis. “He’s an experienced coach with proven success among athletes in all throwing events. Every program he’s been involved became better with his assistance. I don’t doubt he will positively impact our Buckeye track and field program.”
Coleman joins the Buckeye staff after spending the last four years at Maryland as the assistant coach for throws. He coached the Terrapin’s first men’s Big Ten Champion since Maryland joined the conference as well as four All-Americans and an NCAA runner up. Coleman led Maryland throwers to twelve NCAA first-round appearances as they set 15 program records during his four years on staff. Coleman was named the 2021 USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
“I want to thank Coach Dennis for the opportunity to join her staff and program here in Columbus,” said Coleman. “What this team has accomplished under her leadership is something every coach hopes to be a part of and contribute to. I am excited to work with such a talented group of athletes to accomplish their goals as Buckeyes and look forward to building on the foundation that they have built.”
Prior to Maryland, Coleman was an assistant coach for three years at Marshall. The Thundering Herd’s throwers set eight school records as two of the student-athletes Coleman coached made NCAA first-round appearances and three were named all-conference.
Coleman’s first full-time coaching position was at Georgia State, where he spent two years. He contributed to a team runner-up finish at the Sun Belt Conference Championship meet and coached a USATF Junior National Qualifier and NCAA First Round qualifier. Coleman’s throwers broke 13 school records during his tenure.
Coleman graduated from Winthrop, where he also began his coaching career as a graduate assistant. During his time as a student-athlete, Coleman won a conference championship in shot put, made two NCAA First Round appearances and was named All-Big South Conference on seven occasions.