Reedus Thurmond Named Assistant Track & Field Coach
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Oct. 2, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State director of track & field and cross country Elvis Forde announced the hiring of Reedus Thurmond, as an assistant coach Monday. Thurmond joins the staff after spending six years at Washington as the team's throws coach.
"It can be a daunting task anytime you have to replace a successful coach," Forde said. "The group of throwers and the success they have had made the search hard to find a quality replacement. There were a number of quality candidates, but we felt Reedus was the best fit for our coaching staff and student-athletes. Reedus comes to us with a lot of athletic success at different institutions, and we look forward to him continuing that success here at Illinois State. I am assured he is the best fit for our program."
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.
"It means a lot to be able to be a part of such great tradition here at Illinois State," Thurmond said. "The throwers are a gelled unit here, and I want to make sure they stay that way. I heard a lot of positive things about the staff before I came here to interview, and I have to say that I am humbled to be joining such a great group of individuals. This is a great opportunity for me to work hard and elevate an already great group of throwers, and I am sure that I can keep the tradition alive, as the kids help me become a better coach."
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.
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