Garrett joins the staff after a two-year stint at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his two-year campaign, Garrett helped guide the Badgers to two Big Ten conference championships. With Garrett as the jumps coach, the Wisconsin men captured a third-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championships. Throughout his two-year stint, the Badgers recorded two school top-10 marks in the high jump, a school top-10 mark in the long jump, a Big Ten record 6,165 points in the heptathlon, four NCAA first-round qualifiers in the high jump, one Olympic trials qualifier in the decathlon and assisted with the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Indoor runner-up Japheth Cato in the heptathlon.
Before joining the Wisconsin staff, Garrett was a volunteer coach at his former high school Edmond Santa Fe in Edmond, Okla., where he worked with Gunnar Nixon, who set the junior class record in the decathlon. Garrett departed the following year to work with the Kansas State track and field team, but under his guidance, Nixon went on to set every multi record a high school student can set and is the only high school athlete to score over 8,000 points. This year Nixon competed in the 2013 World Championships and set the record for earning the most points scored in the decathlon for his age group.
Prior to that, the Edmund, Okla., native spent three years as a student-athlete at Kansas State, where he received a bachelor's degree in social science and a master's degree in counseling, student development and athletic administration. He was a three-time All-Big 12 selection and was a part of the Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2007 and 2008. Garrett spent one season at Independence Community College, and within that year was named to the ICC Hall of Fame, claimed the 2004 indoor and outdoor high jump National Junior College Champion title, along with All-American accolades in the high jump.