Karimah Shepherd won the women's long jump, Kris Kornegay-Gober took the crown in the men's high jump and Elizabeth Shuman claimed the top spot in the women's high jump in an impressive outing for Wolfpack jumpers on Saturday at Virginia Tech.
ACC-Champion Kris Kornegay-Gober heads to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. He will compete in the high jump Saturday afternoon, while teammate Ryan Hill will run in the 3,000 meters Saturday night. A live stream is available on ESPN3.
Chris Coleman is entering his seventh season with the NC State track and field team. Coleman, a former NCAA Division II All-American at St. Augustine's College and a member of the Division II Hall of Fame, coaches the Wolfpack's sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.
Coleman produced perhaps the greatest single-season performer in the women's horizontal jumps in not only NC State, but ACC history as well in Karimah Shepherd in 2013. Shepherd earned four combined All-America nods (two indoor and two outdoor) in the women's long jump and triple jumps between both seasons, was named the 2013 ACC Outdoor Field Performer of the Year, and the South Region's Field Athlete of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Shepherd broke the school record in the women's long jump with a 21-foot and two-inch (6.45m) leap, en route to winning the ACC indoor crown in the event. After claiming the women's triple jump title at the ACC Indoor Championships, Shepherd was named the ACC Indoor Championships' Field MVP.
Coleman also coached Kris Kornegay-Gober and Lacey Shuman to All-ACC performances in the men's and women's high jumps during the 2013 outdoor season, as Kornegay-Gober concluded his career as the school's school-record holder in the indoor high jump at 7' 4.25" (2.24m) and a five-time All-ACC performer.
The 2012 season saw Coleman help Shepherd, who qualified for the 2011 NCAA East Regional, earn All-ACC accolades after finishing third in the long jump at the 2012 ACC Indoor Championships.
In 2010, Lawson had another stellar season under Coleman, achieving All-ACC honors in the indoor high jump for the second consecutive year, as well as provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships. During the outdoor season, Lawson tied for first place at the NCAA East Regional meet, advancing to the NCAA Championships. Coleman also helped Kristopher Kornegay-Gober achieve All-ACC honors in the high jump during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
In 2009, Coleman coached Lamont Savage (indoor long jump) and Kayla Lawson (indoor high jump) to All-ACC honors and Savage was an outdoor NCAA regional qualifier.
In his first year with the Pack (2007), Coleman coached men's ACC outdoor champion and national qualifier Dexter Adams (long jump) and regional qualifier DeMiracle Washington on the women's team.In his second year, Adams and Demiracle Washington furthered their success, with Adams winning the long jump at ACC Indoors, earning All-America honors, qualifying for the NCAA Championships and competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials. Washington won the women's long jump title at the 2008 ACC Indoor Championships and was a national qualifier. She also holds the school record.
While at St. Augustine's, he won the indoor and outdoor national championship in the triple jump in 1995 with a personal best jump of 53' 07". He was also conference champion and conference MVP in 1994 and 1995. Coleman was a member of two indoor national championship teams in 1992 and 1995 and four outdoor national championships in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995. Coleman was a staggering 14-time All-American in the long and triple jump.
Upon graduation in 1996, he became an assistant jump coach for Coach George Williams at St. Augustine's College. He has coached several collegiate All-Americans and national champions in the jumps. He has also coached several high school and youth All-Americans.
Coleman is the founder and head coach of the Carolina Allstars Youth Track & Field Team in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. He is a native of Fuquay-Varina and now resides in Raleigh with his wife Tameika, and daughters Takira and Jordyn.