CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina University has named Berry Shumpert as its new assistant men's and women's track and field coach, men's coach Jeff Jacobs and women's coach Alan Connie announced today. Shumpert takes over for Tim Vaught, who is now an assistant coach at Florida State, and will work with both the men's and women's sprints, jumps, hurdles, and multi-event personnel, as well as assist the men's program in an administrative capacity.
"We are so excited to have Berry Shumpert return to Coastal," Jacobs said. "He has had tremendous success at the highest level of NCAA Track & Field with the University of Miami and he has great rapport with the student-athletes. His addition to our staff says a lot about the rapid progress that has been made here at Coastal with the track and field program and the Athletic Department as whole in just the last few years."
Shumpert returns to Coastal after having spent the past two years as an assistant track and field coach at the University of Miami, where he trained and developed one NCAA Champion, 12 All-Americans, six Atlantic Coast Conference champions and 18 national qualifiers. He was named the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Assistant Coach of the Year for women's jumps/combined events in each of his two seasons with the Hurricanes.
Prior to that, he had spent three years at the University of Tennessee as a volunteer assistant track and field coach while he earned his master's degree in sport management. There, he worked with one NCAA Champion, 13 All-Americans and nine All-Southeastern Conference performers. He also worked in the Office of Academic Enrichment Programs as an education counselor, advising low-income, first-generation college bounds students.
The 39-year old Shumpert had his first two stints at CCU from 1997-99 and then 2000-01, where he worked with same groups he will be coaching again. During that time, he helped the program set 20 new school records, had 35 All-Big South performers, 10 Big South Conference title holders and three Big South records.
In between his times with the Chanticleers, he was an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Big South-rival Radford during the 1999-2000 season. There, he assisted in all phases of the program, while also producing four Big South champions, six All-Big South performers and 14 new school records. He also coached at two different high schools in the state of Alabama, producing state champions in 1994 at Blount High School in Mobile and 1996 at J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville.
Shumpert did his undergraduate work at Alabama A&M University, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in marketing in 1993. While with the Bulldogs, he competed in the sprints and jumps, earning All-Conference honors in the long jump and triple jump. A native of Mobile, Alabama, he is married to Dr. Melinda Shumpert and they have one daughter, Naomi.