Eric Broadbent, entering his second season in his current role as the Sprints and Multi-Events Coach, after being elevated to that position prior to the 2013 season. He initially joined the Wolfpack staff in 2011 after serving as a volunteer assistant coach.
In 2013, Broadbent played a large part in the success of freshman multi-eventer Alexis Perry, who took fourth place in the women's 100-meter hurdles at the ACC Championships and qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the event. Perry went on to earn silver medals in both the 100-meter hurdles and women's long jump at the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Prior to coming to NC State, Broadbent was an athletic development coach at Athletic Lab, where he trained athletes of all levels, ranging from scholastic to professional. He implemented strength, conditioning and speed programs for many elite athletes, including members of the Carolina Railhawks soccer club. Broadbent also worked as a private jumps and throws coach during his time with Athletic Lab. Before his stint at Athletic Lab, Broadbent worked as an assistant coach with the track and field program at West Chester (Pa.) University. He began working there as the jumps coach, but took over coaching the sprinters, hurdlers and multi-event athletes after the head coach stepped down.
Broadbent served as the interim head coach of West Chester's program for six months. While he was at West Chester, Broadbent also worked with several area scholastic and collegiate ice hockey teams, developing and implementing speed and agility training for them.
Broadbent attended West Chester University, where he was a three-time All-American in the long jump, triple jump and high jump. He was an eight-time conference champion, and a 17-time all-conference selection. Broadbent was the USTFCCCA Men's East Regional Field Athlete of the Year three times. He graduated from West Chester in 2008. Aside from his collegiate achievements, Broadbent has become a well-decorated professional athlete as well. He won two national titles at the 2012 U.S. Indoor National Championships, one in the heptathalon and one in the high jump. Broadbent qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, where he finished 14th.