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O’Neal, Young Added To Track & Field Staff

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          Release: 10/19/2012
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Gavin O'Neal and Cory Young have been added to the Miami Hurricanes track and field coaching staff effective immediately, Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Amy Deem announced Friday. O'Neal joins the program after a six-year stretch at Columbia, while Young was at Kentucky last season.

O'Neal and Young join assistant coach Damon Griffiths and operations coordinator Joy Ekema-Agbaw on Deem's staff.

"We are very excited about these two additions to the staff," Deem said. "Both come highly recommended and we look forward to achieving more great things at Miami."

O'Neal, the 2010 and 2011 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Northeast Regional Women's Assistant Coach of the Year, will be responsible for jumps and combined events at UM. During his six-year tenure at Columbia, he helped the program to a litany of accomplishments, including helping the team win its first indoor Ivy League title in 2012.

"I am very excited to be here at the University of Miami and look forward to working with Coach Deem," O'Neal said. "This is one of the best universities in the country and I am eager to work with and get to know the student-athletes of the track and field team."

A native Rocky River, Ohio, he recruited and coached numerous student-athletes to individual success as well with the Lions, aiding Erison Hurtault to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing after coaching him to his personal bests in appearances at the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships. During his time with the Lions, he guided five NCAA All-Americans, nine NCAA national qualifiers, 22 NCAA regional qualifiers, 38 conference champions and 44 school records were set.

O'Neal graduated from Ohio University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in sport science and was a two-time cross country team captain for the Bobcats. He received his master's degree in sports administration from Kent State in 2004. He has also coached at Oberlin (Ohio) College and Williams College.

"Miami has had a long tradition of outstanding jumpers and finding the right person was vital," Deem said. "I was impressed with the body of work Coach O'Neal had at Columbia and feel he will have tremendous success not only with our current jumpers, but also recruiting outstanding student-athletes to our program."

Young joins the staff after spending 2011-12 at the University of Kentucky and will serve as the throws coach at UM. With the Wildcats, he coached two athletes to All-America status at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and guided the SEC discus champion and school-record javelin thrower.

Prior to UK, he worked five years at Grand Valley State, helping the Lakers win the 2011 NCAA Division II National Indoor Track & Field Championships. During his tenure, GVSU throwers totaled 33 All-America honors and four national championships, while rewriting the school top-10 lists.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the University of Miami track and field program," Young said. "Coach Deem has done great things for the student-athletes and the University. I look forward to working alongside a coach with her knowledge and expertise.

"I am also excited to work with an extremely motivated group of student-athletes and embrace the opportunity to coach and recruit athletes that will continue to compete for ACC Championships as well as NCAA Championships."

Before arriving at Grand Valley State, Young was formerly the throws coach at perennial national contender Western State College. He additionally taught weight training courses amongst other duties.

He graduated from the University of Indianapolis is 2005 with a bachelor's degree in computer information systems. Young was a two-time All-American in the weight throw and was a two-time outdoor national qualifier in the hammer and discus. He is a native of Greenwood, Ind.

"We are committed to having a top-level throws program and I am excited to have Coach Young leading that charge," Deem said. "He brings enthusiasm, knowledge and experience and will be a great addition to the track and field staff."

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