An 11-year veteran of coaching track and field, Tamara Ards enters her second season as a sprints and hurdles coach for the track and field teams.
Over the course of her illustrious coaching career, Ards has coached national champions, as well as numerous All-American and all-conference performers. A former All-American, Ards has spent the last year in the same capacity at Texas, a program nationally renowned for its track and field program.
Under her tutelage, Texas' Keiron Stewart set a school record in the 60m hurdles while winning the Big 12 Indoor Championship and All-America honors in that event. Ards also guided four Longhorn student-athletes who set new personal bests in the high jump, the triple jump and the 400m.
Prior to her stint at Texas, Ards spent three years as the assistant track and field coach at Clemson. While there, she administered technical instruction and training for men's and women's hurdles and was a major catalyst in helping the Tigers win four consecutive ACC Indoor and Outdoor conference titles.
She aided in the development of Brianna Rollins, the 2011 NCAA Indoor Champion in 60m hurdles, while also assisting Miller Moss in capturing the 2011 ACC and NCAA Indoor Championship Titles in the heptathlon. She also coached the Tigers' Spencer Adams, a 2012 All-American and ACC Champion in the 60m hurdles.
Prior to her time at Clemson, Ards spent three years as the assistant track and field coach at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, working with the combined events, horizontal jumps and 400m.
In addition to her coaching duties, Ards has been a member of two prestigious track and field committees. She has served as Vice Chair of the USA Track & Field Coaches Education Committee since 2010, and has also been a part of the USA Track & Field High Performance Division-Women's Track & Field Committee Coaches Education since 2008.
Before her coaching stint at UNLV, Ards served as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, Louisiana State University, and her alma mater, the University of Colorado. A 1995 graduate, Ards earned All-America honors in the 4x400m relay and helped lead her team to a Big 8 conference title. She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism and later received her master's in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration at UNLV.