Ards Named Assistant Coach for Sprints and Hurdles
Oct. 23, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C – NC State head track and field coach Rollie Geiger has announced that veteran coach Tamara Ards will join the Wolfpack coaching staff and will serve as sprints and hurdles coach. Ards has coached national champions, as well as numerous All-American and all-conference performers during her 11-year coaching career.
“Tamara is a high-energy coach and a terrific motivator who brings vast experience and knowledge to our program in the sprints and hurdles," said Geiger. "We are committed to competing for ACC and national titles in these disciplines and she will help us achieve our vision."
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.
“Tamara has been a member of our coaching education committee from the time I took my position at USA Track & Field,” USTAF Director of Coaching Terry Crawford said. “She’s been a contributing member of the coaches education committee, she’s overseen the coordination of our Level 1 schools throughout the nation and is an outstanding instructor in our Level 2 schools which train our coaches to go out and do instructing and teach curriculum. Her vast experience and leadership abilities have really been a good asset to USA Track & Field.”
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