August 22, 2022

Joseph Announces Track & Field, Cross Country Staff


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Rosalind Joseph announced her complete coaching staff on Monday.

The staff includes the retention of full-time coaches Sara Mason Vergote, Joel Brown, Travis Coleman and Victor Houston, as well as director of operations, Fred Barends. Also staying on the Buckeyes staff are the three volunteer assistants, Richard Ebin, Eric Brill and Tommy Hampton. Joining the staff in a full-time role is Diego Flaquer, who will also coach the sprints/hurdles events.

“I’m excited to announce the retention of Coach Joel Brown as Associate Head Coach (sprints/hurdles) of the program along with Coach Travis Coleman (throws) and Coach Victor Houston (jumps/multi) with the program,” Joseph said. “I’m also excited to retain and elevate Coach Sara Mason Vergote to the position of Head Men’s & Women’s Cross Country coach for the program. The championship results of previous years are proof of the chemistry and caliber of this staff assembled by Coach Karen Dennis and I look forward to continuing the winning tradition with them in place.”

Mason Vergote was promoted to head cross country coach on July 7 and will solely oversee all aspects of the men’s and women’s cross country, distance and mid-distance student-athletes. She will continue to serve as an assistant track & field coach as well. Mason Vergote has helped the Buckeyes to nine Big Ten championships as a team since she joined the staff prior to the 2013-14 season. Click here for her promotion release.

Brown retains his title as associate head track & field coach after being named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association’s (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes Regional Assistant Coach of the Year for both the men and women following the most recent outdoor track & field season. Brown, a former Buckeye sprinter who currently coaches the sprinters, is slated to be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. Following his collegiate graduation, Brown stayed in Columbus as a volunteer assistant with the program before being promoted to a full-time role in 2014. He’s helped guide Ohio State to 11 Big Ten championships as a team since joining the staff.

Coleman enters his second season as an assistant coach for throws. This past season, Coleman helped the Buckeyes to outdoor track & field Big Ten team championships, coaching NCAA and Big Ten Champion Adelaide Aquilla as she qualified for the world championships and USA Championships. Coleman spent the previous four seasons at Maryland, where he was the 2021 USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.

Houston continues his duties as an assistant coach, primarily working with jumps and multi-events as he has done the past four seasons. He increased the number of individual Big Ten championships he’s guided student-athletes to with five this season between indoor and outdoor competition after having two individual champions the previous four seasons combined.

Ebin’s focus as a volunteer will remain with the pole vaulters.

Brill will retain his volunteer duties in assisting Mason Vergote with the distance runners.

Hampton’s volunteer role working with sprints and hurdles will remain consistent as well.