Aug. 17, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State track and field has hired Eric Broadbent as the new sprint and multi-event coach, as announced by head coach Rollie Geiger on Friday. Broadbent joined the Wolfpack staff after serving as a volunteer assistant coach last season.
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 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.