Brent Chumbley begins his fourth season with Illinois State, serving as the primary throws coach. In 2004, Chumbley helped mold a dominant throws squad that produced a conference champion in both the men's and women's indoor and outdoor shot put, along with second-place finishes in the men's weight throw and men's hammer. In all, the throwers compiled 10 all-conference honors. He was also instrumental in the success of former Redbird Latisha Johnson, who competed in the shot put at both the NCAA national meet and the USA Olympic Team Trials in the summer of 2004. In 2005, Chumbley boasted several all-conference performers and one conference champion. Under Chumbley's guidance at Illinois State, the throws squad has garnered eight Missouri Valle Conference titles, 12 Regional Qualifying marks and 21 all-conference performances.
Chumbley came to Illinois State after a short stint as the throws coach at Murray State in Murray, Ky., a position he held during the 2001-02 season. During his tenure with the Racers, he coached one conference champion and 17 all-conference student-athletes who set four school records. During his first season at Illinois State, Chumbley coached a national qualifier in the men's hammer throw, and also had a conference outdoor champion in the shot put and hammer throw. In all, Chumbley's throwers brought home four all-conference accolades during the 2003 indoor and outdoor seasons.
A collegiate thrower at Marshall who earned all-conference honors in 1991, Chumbley started his coaching career as a volunteer throws coach at Georgetown (Ky.) College in 1999 where one of his student-athletes was a national qualifier. From there, he was appointed throws coach at Hastings College. During that tenure (1999-2001), Chumbley coached two all-Americans,12 national qualifiers and one multi-event national champion, while rewriting the record books with 17 new marks.
After completing his collegiate career at Marshall, Chumbley entered the United States Army and served as a combat engineer in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1991-95. Three years later, in '98, he received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Kentucky where he also interned with the Wildcat track and field team. In 2000, Chumbley received a master's degree in teaching physical education, from Hastings College. Chumbley, his wife Jennifer and their daughter Alex (1), reside in Chenoa, Ill.