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Keith Herston joined the Miami track and field coaching staff in July 2016, accepting the position of assistant coach for jumps and combined events.
Herston joins the Hurricanes family after spending five years as the jumps and combined events coach at Texas State University. The Bobcats’ jumps and combined events groups saw nationally renowned success under Herston’s leadership.
In his time at Texas State, Herston coached jumper Allie Saunders to a pair of First Team All-America honors and saw pole vaulters Logan Cunningham and Anicka Newell qualify for the 2016 Olympics. He also helped Chelsie DeCoud, Mylana Hearn adn Aaron George earn All-America honors, as well as Tramesha Hardy become the Sunbelt Conference Freshman of the Year. In total, Herston coached nine All-Americans, 24 conference champions and helped Texas State capture five conference team titles. Herston’s student-athletes earned 58 all-conference honors in his tenure at Texas State and set 12 school records.
Prior to his time at Texas State, Herston was an assistant coach at Sam Houston State. At Sam Houston State, Herston helped guide Matthew Johnson to 2011 NCAA All-American honors in the decathlon and to top-10 finishes at the 2011 USA Track and Field Outdoor National Championships and the 2011 Pan-American Games. Also at SHSU, Herston coached four Southland Conference champions, 13 All-Southland Conference athletes, four team MVP award winners, five school record holders and six NCAA preliminary round qualifiers.
Before his stint with the Bearkats, Herston was a volunteer assistant/intern coach at Auburn while completing his Master’s of Education in kinesiology in 2009. In pursuit of that degree, Herston had the opportunity to work for some the greatest exercise scientists in the country. As a coach at Auburn, he guided the men’s and women’s javelin throwers and worked with combined events. During his time at Auburn, the Tigers sent 16 athletes to the NCAA Regional Championships with 14 advancing to the NCAA Championships. With the help of Herston, the men’s team placed second at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Herston began his coaching career as an undergraduate at Bevill State Community College (Hamilton, Ala.) in Dec. 2004 as the women’s track and field assistant coach. Bevill State placed in the top 15 at the 2005 NJCAA Outdoor Championships with 11 national qualifiers. The women’s team broke 14 indoor and outdoor school records under Herston’s tutelage.
As a collegiate athlete, Herston competed in the horizontal jumps at the University of Alabama, where he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and earned a bachelor’s degree in human environmental sciences at Alabama in 2007.