He joins ISU with more than 10 years of coaching experience at the Division I level
Reedus Thurmond enters his first season as an assistant track & field coach at Illinois State in charge of the throwers.
Thurmond joins the staff after spending the last year as a private coach, coaching his wife, Aretha, along with notable names such as Mart Israel, Rashaud Scott and Kimery Hern. Aretha is a three-time Olympian and five-time U.S Champion in the discus, holding a personal-best mark of 216-01. Israel took fourth-place in the discus at the 2011 World Championships, while All-American Hern was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials qualifier. Scott, a former NCAA Champion, earned a top-10 world ranking under Thurmond's direction.
Prior to the private sector, Thurmond spent six years (2006-11) as an assistant track & field coach at Washington, where he was in charge of the throwers. There, he coached multiple Pac-12 scorers, a Pac-12 runner-up, as well as a Pac-12 champion. During his tenure, Thurmond coached a number of NCAA Division I West Regional and NCAA Division I National qualifiers, with 11 of them earning All-American honors.
Thurmond's athletic prowess began at a young age, as he was a two-time high school All-American (1997 & 1998), finishing as the national high school runner-up in 1998. He continued his career at Auburn, where he was a three-time All-American, earning four varsity letters. The four-time All-South Eastern Conference (SEC) honoree won the SEC Championship in the discus in 2002. As a sophomore in 2000, he was crowned the Texas Relays Champion in the discus.
Thurmond earned his bachelor's degree in health promotion from Auburn in 2003 with a minor in business. Upon graduation, he spent the next five years coaching at his alma mater, four as a volunteer and one as a graduate assistant. He holds a United States of America Track & Field (USATF) Level 2 Certification.